Surviving 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 InTouch throughout 2001.
Priscilla Hartung, director of social services for Cancer Care, said,
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, the spokeswoman for the awards program, spent years in
Broadway musical theater and then became the first woman TV sports
announcer for Major League Baseball. 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 Yankee games.
Amgen will donate $10 for every entry form received to 1 of 15 cancer
organizations. 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 awards.
Eligible candidates must be US residents over 18 years old (or the
legal guardians for those under 18) and have been diagnosed with
cancer. Cancer survivors, their friends, family members, coworkers,
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, PO
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.