Karen V. Allison, CPNP
Nurse practitioner, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York
Ms. Allison has worked in pediatric oncology for four decades. As a nurse practitioner in pediatrics at Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center, she has served as a mentor to generations of nursing students, nurses, and nurse practitioners. She has been a coach, cheerleader, foster mother, and friend to every patient she has helped.
Karleen R Habin, RN
Nurse manager/administrator, Breast Cancer Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
The Breast Cancer Research Program is a nationally and internationally recognized breast cancer clinical research program, and Ms. Habin empowers and provides guidance to those facing a breast cancer diagnosis. In her role as a patient advocate, she spearheaded the creation of the first-ever Breast Cancer Resource Guide of Massachusetts, which was distributed free.
Kathy Lopeman, RN
Oncology nurse, Central Peninsula Hospital, Soldotna, Alaska
Ms. Lopeman served as chair of the very first and very successful Relay for Life on the Kenai Peninsula. By forming support groups for cancer patients to share their fears, she has provided inspiration and friendship to all who walk the cancer path.
Dolores E Moorehead
Program director, Women’s Cancer Resource Center, Oakland, California
Ms. Moorehead was a 10-year employee of the American Cancer Society in San Francisco who now dedicates her time and energy to empowering women with cancer and to educating the general community about cancer. Through her passion for her work Ms. Moorehead has worked to implement numerous cancer patient programs to encourage cancer awareness and break down barriers to treatment.
Robert Parker, MD
Director, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Stony Brook University Medical Center, Stony Brook, New York
Dr. Parker, a highly respected clinician and expert in the field of pediatrics, began the Division of Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology at Stony Brook University Medical Center in 1991. Since that time, 60 percent of children diagnosed with cancer in Suffolk County, New York receive their treatment there. Dr. Parker has received numerous honors and awards for his dedication to children facing cancer, and has made it his practice to have the child and family live as normal a life as possible while undergoing therapy.
Mace L. Rothenberg, MD
Professor of medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
Dr. Rothenberg is a medical oncologist who has made significant contributions to the development and FDA approval of drug treatments for colorectal and pancreatic cancer. He is known for his caring and compassionate treatment and dedication to cancer patients and their families.
Kris Sargent, RN
Nurse educator, Mercy Regional Cancer Center, Cedar Rapids, Iow
Ms. Sargent has helped implement numerous patient support groups for prostate and breast cancers through the use of American Cancer Society materials, information and guidelines. Through these support groups, she has provided compassion, knowledge, patience, and humor to thousands of patients facing this life-changing disease.
Founder and director, CARE program and health education coordinator, San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, California
Ms. Walcer is described as understanding more than most the obstacles faced by poor or even homeless cancer patients. She has provided participants of the CARE program with comprehensive cancer-related education, thereby enhancing patients' understanding of their diagnosis and encouraging these cancer patients to gain a sense of control over their lives.