Locals selected as ACS ambassadors

Thu, 05/18/2006 - 1:19pm
By: The Citizen

The American Cancer Society recently announced that Cathy Gailey and Dr. Anita Johnson of Fayetteville have been selected as ambassadors to the Society’s Celebration on the Hill. Ambassadors will journey to Washington, D.C. to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Celebration on the Hill 2006 September 19 - 20.  

They will join thousands of other ambassadors from every congressional district in the nation advocating for cancer-related public policy issues. In addition to their participation in the Celebration on the Hill event, the selected Ambassadors will serve a two-year term as legislative advocates for the Society, participating in grassroots advocacy efforts to positively influence public policy at the local, state and federal levels.

Gailey has been a volunteer for the American Cancer Society for a number of years. She has been active with Relay For Life, serving as the chair for the Fayette County Relay For Life for the last two years. She is also involved with Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and with patient-support programs in her community.

Dr. Johnson is a fellowship-trained breast surgical oncologist. She has been a volunteer with the American Cancer Society for a number of years and has been active with Relay For Life and with patient-support programs. 

Initially, the ambassadors will focus their advocacy efforts on increasing funding for research through the National Institutes for Health and expanding prevention, detection and treatment programs, particularly the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program.

The American Cancer Society, with headquarters in Atlanta, is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Founded in 1913, the Society has 13 regional Divisions and local offices in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers across the United States. For more information, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

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