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Nominations for Outstanding Cancer Survivor Award Being Accepted by Karmanos Cancer Institute Through April 27

DETROIT, April 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute is accepting nominations for the Patricia Milner Sachs Heart of a Survivor Award. The award recognizes an outstanding cancer survivor who exemplifies caring, compassion and devotion to helping others in their journey to survive cancer. The award will be given at the Karmanos Cancer Institute's Survivorship Celebration on June 19. Nominations are open to all cancer survivors.

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This is the second year for the award, named in honor of Patricia Milner Sachs, a former Karmanos employee who lost her 11-year battle with melanoma in June 2006. Through her dedication to Karmanos and her commitment to cancer education and awareness, Sachs developed several community programs, including Survivorship University, free lectures for cancer survivors and their caregivers; "N'Siah" support group; and S.H.I.E.L.D., a sun safety and skin cancer awareness program for children and adults. Sachs exemplified service to other cancer survivors as she courageously battled the disease.

Nomination forms for the Patricia Milner Sachs Heart of a Survivor Award are available at Nominations must be received at the Karmanos Cancer Institute by April 27, 2008.

Located in mid-town Detroit, MI, the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute is one of 39 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. Caring for more than 6,000 new patients annually on a budget of $216 million, conducting more than 700 cancer-specific scientific investigation programs and clinical trials, the Karmanos Cancer Institute is among the nation's best cancer centers. Through the commitment of 1,000 staff, including nearly 300 faculty members, and supported by thousands of volunteer and financial donors, the Institute strives to prevent, detect and eradicate all forms of cancer. John C. Ruckdeschel, M.D., is the Institute's president and chief executive officer. For more information call 1-800-KARMANOS or go to

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