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Cancer Center accepting nominations for annual cancer care advocacy award

May 22nd, 2014 5:11 pm by Staff Report

Cancer Center accepting nominations for annual cancer care advocacy award

The Southwest Virginia Cancer Center in Norton is accepting nominations for its annual award given to a volunteer who shows exceptional dedication in advocating for cancer patients in Southwest Virginia.

The cancer center, which is part of the Wellmont Cancer Institute, created the Joe Malesky Volunteer of the Year Award in 1999 to honor his efforts and encourage others to continue his work. Malesky, the award's namesake, worked diligently on behalf of cancer patients and their families before he died from cancer.

Any community member or health-care professional who goes above and beyond as a volunteer to help improve cancer care and education in Southwest Virginia is eligible for the award. Nominations will be accepted through May 26.

"We have been grateful in past years to honor so many champions who have made a tremendous difference in bringing strength and hope to our region," said Karla Lane, the cancer center's director. "We look forward to reading about the contributions others have made and know our next honoree will have contributed greatly to the well-being of our community."

Nomination letters should contain the name and address of the nominee and the person submitting the nomination. The letter should clearly detail the nominee's volunteer efforts in the fight against cancer. Please submit letters to the cancer center at 671 Highway 58, Norton, Va. 24273.

The award will be presented on National Cancer Survivors Day, Sunday June 1, at Camp Bethel in Wise. For more information, please call the cancer center at (276) 679-5874.

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