SAN FRANCISCOSurviving cancer is a joyous thing in itself. A
new awards program will spotlight that joy and share the stories of
12 survivors who are everyday heroes, in an effort to
help others who are struggling with the disease.
The Courage Awards: Everyday Heroes Fighting and Winning
Against Cancer was started this year by Amgen, InTouch
magazine, Cancer Care, Inc., and the Oncology Nursing Society. The
program aims to honor those who may not think they have done anything
special but who truly have been courageous in their effort to win
back their health. Winners will receive $1,000, and their stories
will appear in the magazine throughout 2001.
Priscilla Hartung, director of social services for Cancer Care, said
that the awards program will have meaning for many patients. It
is important for people in any stage of dealing with cancer to hear
the amazing stories of everyday people who have
survived, she said.
Cancer Care, an agency based in New York that helps cancer patients
and their families nationwide, receives calls daily from people who
ask to talk with someone who has survived what they have gone
through, she said.
The Courage Awards will help many people because they not only
recognize survivors but also publicly share the personal struggles
and stories of survivors. Cancer patients will always reach out
for each other, Ms. Hartung said.
Suzyn Waldmans Cancer Story
Suzyn Waldman, who spent years in Broadway musical theater and then
became the first woman TV sports announ-cer for Major League
Baseball, is the spokeswoman for the new awards program. She found
out she had breast cancer just before she debuted as the play-by-play
announcer for the New York Yankees. She underwent 5 months of
chemotherapy and 2 months of radiation, all while broadcasting the
As part of the awards program, Amgen will make donations to 15 cancer
organizations, $10 for every entry form received. Entrants can select
which group they want to receive the donation.
Ms. Waldman, Ms. Hartung, and a committee of leading oncology experts
will select the 12 most compelling and inspirational stories for the
Eligible candidates must be US residents over 18 years of age (or the
legal guardians for those under 18) and have been diagnosed with
cancer. Cancer survivors, their friends, family members, co-workers,
or members of their medical team can submit nominations.
The two-page entry form must be accompanied by a statement of no more
than 1,000 words that detail the nominees cancer diagnosis,
treatment, physical and emotional obstacles/challenges,
accomplishments during or since treatment, and the people who have
helped along the way.
The official form and entry details are available in InTouch
magazine and online at www.courageawards.com.
Completed entries should be sent to: The Courage Awards Program,
P.O. Box 388, San Francisco, CA 94104-0388. Nominations must be
postmarked by October 31, 2000. Winners will be notified by phone no
later than December 31, 2000.