October 6, 2008
Lance Armstrong to Receive American Association of Cancer Institutes’ Public Service and Advocacy Award
The Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) is proud to announce that its founder and chairman, Lance Armstrong, is the 2008 recipient of the American Association of Cancer Institutes' (AACI) Public Service and Advocacy Award. AACI will present the award to Armstrong on Mon., Oct. 6 in Chicago, IL, at its annual meeting. Armstrong is being honored for his efforts in support of cancer survivors and the nation's cancer centers. Senator Edward Kennedy will be similarly honored for his support of biomedical and cancer research.
"It is a great honor to be recognized by the AACI, especially in the same forum as a champion of healthcare reform and the war against cancer, Senator Edward Kennedy," said Armstrong. "AACI members serve on the front lines of this fight and it is thanks to their hard work and dedication that America continues to advance into a time of great hope in the struggle against this disease."
"AACI, along with all of our member centers, look forward to recognizing Lance Armstrong's energetic efforts in support of cancer survivors and the vital work of the nation's cancer centers," said AACI Executive Director, Barbara Duffy Stewart.
The LAF partners with AACI member institutes in supporting people affected by cancer through the LIVESTRONG(TM) Survivorship Centers of Excellence Network. Working together, Network members provide essential survivorship services and increase the effectiveness of survivorship care through research, the development of new interventions and the sharing of best practices. The Network members include:
-- Abramson Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania, Living Well After Cancer Program (Philadelphia, PA) -- Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Lance Armstrong Foundation Adult Survivor Clinic (Boston, MA) -- Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Survivorship Program (Seattle, WA) -- Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Survivorship Program (New York, NY) -- Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and the Solove Research Institute, Survivorship Center (Columbus, OH) -- UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, Survivorship Program (Los Angeles, CA) -- University of Colorado Cancer Center, Survivorship Program (Denver, CO) -- University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, Survivorship Center (Chapel Hill, NC)
"Lance Armstrong's vision, together with the financial support of his Foundation, have brought together eight of the best cancer survivorship programs in the U.S. to work as a team to more rapidly advance the research agenda in this field, and to develop improved models of care which will better serve this important and growing group of patients," said Dr. Lawrence Shulman, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
About the Lance Armstrong Foundation
The Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) unites people through programs and experiences to empower cancer survivors to live life on their own terms and to raise awareness and funds for the fight against cancer. The LAF focuses on cancer prevention, access to screening and care, research and quality of life for cancer survivors. Founded in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, the LAF has raised more than $260 million for the fight against cancer. Join 60 million LIVESTRONG(TM) wristband wearers and help make cancer a national priority. Unite and fight cancer at LIVESTRONG.org.
Representing 92 of the premier academic and free-standing cancer research centers, AACI is dedicated to aiding its members' shared mission to eradicate cancer. For more than 30 years, the Association has provided a unified voice for cancer center directors to educate policy leaders and the public about the importance of cancer centers and the role they play in reducing the burden of cancer in their communities.
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SOURCE: Lance Armstrong Foundation