2011 St. George Awards

American Cancer Society Awards Exemplary Volunteers in Recognition of Distinguished Service

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—June, 22, 2011— Professor and Chair of Temple University Hospital’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Enrique Hernandez, M.D., is one of twenty-five inspirational individuals who received the American Cancer Society’s St. George National Award for outstanding service to the community in support of the Society’s mission to combat cancer. Recipients were chosen based on ongoing leadership, time commitment and dedication to areas such as fundraising, mission delivery, patient support, legislative advocacy and event engagement.

All nominees for this award have dedicated at least six years of their time to the fight against cancer and the fight for more birthdays.  They have all significantly contributed to advancing the Society’s mission, strategic goals and programs. Since conceived in 1949 by Dr. Charles S. Cameron, former Society medical and scientific director, the St. George award has been presented annually to Society volunteers nationwide.

“The American Cancer Society is proud to recognize and honor these volunteers for their exemplary service,” said Edward E. Partridge, M.D., national volunteer president of the American Cancer Society. “Without such unwavering dedication, tireless support and irrepressible passion as these awardees demonstrate, the Society would not be able to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.”

Hernandez has provided years of service, commitment, leadership and volunteer work to the American Cancer Society and its strategic goals. An East Central Division board member, Hernandez has played an instrumental role in launching Pennsylvania’s Cancer Prevention Study 3 (CPS-3), in addition to expanding the focus on the reduction of disparities, both Division and nationwide. He has also contributed in other areas including taking an active stand on the Society’s international initiatives and Mission priorities, while engaging local Relay communities in the fight against cancer through research.

TOLEDO, Ohio—June 27, 2011— Merrill Lynch Vice President and Senior Financial Advisor Robert M. Thompson is one of twenty -five inspirational individuals who received the American Cancer Society’s St. George National Award for outstanding service to the community in support of the Society’s mission to combat cancer. Recipients were chosen based on ongoing leadership, time commitment and dedication to areas such as fundraising, mission delivery, patient support, legislative advocacy and event engagement.

All nominees for this award have dedicated at least six years of their time to the fight against cancer and the fight for more birthdays.  They have all significantly contributed to advancing the Society’s mission, strategic goals and programs. Since conceived in 1949 by Dr. Charles S. Cameron, former Society medical and scientific director, the St. George award has been presented annually to Society volunteers nationwide.

“The American Cancer Society is proud to recognize and honor these volunteers for their exemplary service,” said Edward E. Partridge, M.D., national volunteer president of the American Cancer Society. “Without such unwavering dedication, tireless support, and irrepressible passion as these awardees demonstrate, the Society would not be able to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.”

Through his volunteer work and leadership with the American Cancer Society, Thompson is highly regarded by his peers, staff and volunteers inside the community. A valued member of the East Central Division Board and key contributor to the newly-formed OH-PA Division, Thompson’s involvement and contributions to the advancement of cancer control speak volumes. The Lucas County Board President serves his community by supporting the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and Relay For Life programs, while serving as the chair and providing sponsorship for the Cattle Barons Ball. Thompson’s dedication, hard work and commitment to the former Ohio Division and now the East Central Division has been invaluable, and the Society looks forward to his headship in the future.

In addition to these two exemplary volunteers from the East Central Division, the Society also honored

·        Carol Baker of Cupertino, Calif., community volunteer;

·        Jon M. Grief, D.O., F.A.C.S., of Oakland, Calif., Breast Cancer Surgeon, Bay Area Breast Surgeons, Inc;

·        Stacy Matseas of San Diego, Calif., retired;

·        Pamela Baxter of New York, N.Y., president and CEO, LVMH Perfumes & Cosmetics North America and Christian Dior, Inc.;

·        Sally Froelich of New York, N.Y., volunteer, philanthropist, society leader;

·        Nancy Graver of Endwell, N.Y., customer relationship manager, Source Corp.;

·        Martin Larsen of Pembroke Pines, Fla., president and CEO, Community Redevelopment Associates;

·        Catherine A. Roberts of Dearborn, Mich., president, Legislative and International Activities, Community Choice Credit Union;

·        Helen Davis of Albuquerque, N.M., volunteer;

·        Russell Gillard of Mesa, Ariz., engineer, retired;

·        Richard E. Spoonemore of Seattle, Wash., attorney, Sirianni, Youtz, Meier and Spoonemore;

·        Lewis E. Foxhall, M.D. of Houston, Texas, vice president, Health Policy and Associate Professor of Clinical Cancer Prevention, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center;

·        Richard D. Pecard of Chicago, Ill., vice president, Investments, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney;

·        Roy Duhe, Ph.D. of Jackson, Miss., professor, Pharmacology, University of Mississippi;

·        Tina F. Gill of Maumelle, Ark., VISN 16 Cancer Care Program Manager, Department of Veterans Affairs;

·        William Pressly of Crossville, Tenn., attorney, retired;

·        James A. Bergeron of Minneapolis, Minn., vice president and managing director, RBC Wealth Management;

·        Shirley D. Roof of Cedar Falls, Iowa, retired;

·        Michael Lipton of Bloomfield, Conn., retired;

·        AnnMarie Morse of Candia, N.H., teacher;

·        Judith B. Rosenthal of Dedham, Mass., Learning Center teacher, Diagnostic/Evaluation Team, Newton Public Schools, Newton North High School;

·        Irwin “Ike” Belk of Charlotte, N.C., president, the Belk Group, Inc. and retired officer and director, the Belk Group of Stores;

·        Jean Tenney of Webster Springs, W.Va., social worker, retired.

About the American Cancer Society

            The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end cancer for good. As a global grassroots force of three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping you stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early, helping you get well by being there for you during and after a diagnosis, by finding cures through groundbreaking discovery and fighting back through public policy. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.5 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.