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American Cancer Society Honors Exemplary Cancer Caregivers

Thirteen outstanding cancer care providers from a variety of backgrounds and locales have been chosen to receive the 2007 American Cancer// Society Lane Adams Quality of Life Award, a prestigious national prize for cancer caring. The Lane Adams Quality of Life Award recognizes individuals who have made a difference through innovation, leadership, and consistent excellence in providing compassionate, skilled care, and counsel to persons living with cancer and their families. The awards were presented in a ceremony in Austin, Texas on Friday, May 18, 2007. This year, the Society honors:

· Wendy Favila-Penney, BS, LVN, Patient Navigator, Alameda County Medical Center, Oakland, Calif.
· John D. Glover, MD, Chief, Radiation Oncology, Bruno Cancer Center, Birmingham, Ala.
· Gay-Lynne Jones, RN, Clinical Director, Julie & Ben Rogers Cancer Institute, Beaumont, Texas.
· Jeff Lycan, RN, President and CEO, Ohio Hospice & Palliative Care Organization, Dublin, Ohio.
· Novella K. Lyons, Founder, Women of Faith & Hope, Philadelphia, Penn.
· Susan Moreno, Trainer, Reach to Recovery, Ocala, Fla.
· Leah DeRoulet-Magee MSW, LICSW, Swedish Cancer Institute, Seattle, Wash.
· Paula Plona, ACSW, OSW-C, Concord Hospital Payson Center for Cancer Care, Concord, N.H.
· Frank Reedy, Penn Argyl, Penn.
· Donnie Riley, Riley Business Products, Cullman, Ala.
· Andrea L. Silber, MD, Director, Cancer Control & Early Detection, Hospital of Saint Raphael, New Haven, Conn.
· Heather Spotts, LMSW, OSW-C, Oncology Social Worker, Breslin Cancer Center, Michigan State University, Lansing, Mich.
· Boonsee Yu, MD, Retired, East Northport, New York.

“These extraordinary individuals come from many disciplines and backgrounds, but what they share in common is their daily dedication to extend ‘the warm hand of service’ to cancer patients,” said Richard C. Wender, MD, national volunteer president of the American Can cer Society. “These awards recognize the unsung heroes of cancer care who give hope, comfort and the very best care to cancer patients and their families. Today we recognize just a few of the many cancer care providers whose work is often overlooked, and who make a real difference in the lives of cancer patients.”

The American Cancer Society has recognized cancer caregivers through the Lane Adams Quality of Life Award since 1988. The awards committee includes long-time national Society volunteers, including Vicki Adams Quan, the daughter of Lane W. Adams, the former executive vice president of the Society who coined the term the “warm hand of service” and made attention to compassionate care a legacy of his service.

Source: American Cancer Society

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