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Susanne Johnson-Berns Named President of Georgia Chapter of National Cancer Organization
Date:7/20/2011

WASHINGTON, July 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Today the Community Oncology Alliance (COA) named Susanne Johnson-Berns the Georgia Chapter President of the Community Oncology Alliance Patient Advocacy Network (CPAN).  A cancer caregiver and a staff member at Northwest Georgia Oncology Center in Marietta, Mrs. Johnson-Berns brings to CPAN a diverse range of cancer advocacy experience.

"We are pleased to welcome Susanne as the first state chapter president of the COA Patient Advocacy Network," said Rose Gerber, COA's director of patient advocacy. "Susanne exemplifies a blend of personal experience and advocacy expertise that is critical to leading community cancer care advocacy in Georgia."

As the Georgia Chapter President, Mrs. Johnson-Berns will be responsible for leading state-wide and local activities to communicate the benefits of community cancer care (including convenience and lower costs), to educate cancer patients and their families about the services CPAN offers and the importance of patient advocacy, and to recruit additional advocates.

"Advocacy benefits patients and can take many forms, from caregiving for an individual patient, to offering support and advice to other patients and families, speaking publicly about personal experiences, and working with groups that develop policy to improve systems or processes for patients," commented Ted Okon, executive director of COA.  "We are proud to have reached this important milestone in the organization's history and we look forward to broadening our outreach efforts in the coming months."

"It is an honor to lead advocacy activities here in Georgia," said Mrs. Johnson-Berns.  "As a caregiver and a long-time advocate, I am excited to expand my efforts for this important cause.  It is important for cancer survivors and their families to be involved in advocacy efforts when possible, because they have experienced firsthand the importance of receiving quality care in our
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