Imperial resident and cancer activist Linda Shaner was named the State Lead Ambassador of the Year by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network during this week’s Lobby Day ceremony this week. The annual award was given to her for her relentless volunteer and advocacy efforts to help make cancer a national priority. It is given annually to a lead state volunteer who has demonstrated exemplary leadership in advocating for ACS CAN’s area of cancer-related public policy. Dr. Christy Russell, ACS CAN Chair presented Linda with the medal (see photo). And Chris Hansen, our president had this to say: “As the State Lead Ambassador for California, Linda has inspired her fellow citizens to advocate for the many cancer patients and survivors in California. We are grateful for Linda’s outstanding efforts and thank her for her tremendous contributions.”
ACS CAN is in Washington, D.C. for its annual Lobby Day. 600 volunteers are meeting with lawmakers to discuss restoring federal cancer research funding to levels seen in the past as well as to encourage new legislation that makes colorectal cancer screenings more affordable and a third policy goal of getting Medicaid to cover palliative care, which helps cancer patients and their families navigate the cancer world.