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CancerCare to Honor Health Care Leaders at Annual "Partnerships in Hope" Awards Dinner

NEW YORK, February 22, 2010--Three distinguished leaders in health, education and patient care will be honored for their charitable contributions to CancerCare's financial assistance programs during the organization's annual awards dinner, to be held on March 2 in New York City at the historic Puck Building.

This year's honorees are:

  • The Avon Foundation for Women, Carol M. Kurzig, President. Among its many contributions, the Foundation's generous support of the AvonCares Program, launched in 1999, has enabled CancerCare to provide more than $12 million in financial assistance to nearly 50,000 patients throughout the country with breast, ovarian, and cervical cancers.
  • Novartis Oncology, Rainer Boehm, MD, Executive Vice President and North American Region Head. In addition to being a long-time supporter of CancerCare's patient education programs, Novartis has supported the organization's financial assistance program and special outreach programs aimed at African-American and Latina women with breast cancer.
  • The WebMD Health Foundation, Pamela S. Wygod, Foundation Co-Chair. The Foundation's Ivan and Mona Rubin Special Assistance Fund, established in 1997, has helped more than 3,400 cancer patients in San Diego and Imperial Counties benefit from direct financial assistance with transportation to doctor's appointments and treatment, child care, home care, and medications.

"We're tremendously grateful for the generosity and long-time support our honorees have given to CancerCare," said Helen Miller, CancerCare's Chief Executive Officer. "Their contributions make an enormous difference in the lives of so many people facing cancer across the country."

Hosting the Partnerships in Hope dinner, now in its 27th year, will be veteran broadcast journalist, entrepreneur and cancer advocate Carol Lin. Ms. Lin has reported for leading network and cable news programs, most recently serving as an anchor and correspondent for CNN.

For more than 65 years, CancerCare has provided financial assistance to help with certain types of expenses, including transportation, homecare, childcare, and other costs associated with cancer treatment. Additionally, the CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation helps individuals who cannot afford their insurance co-payments to cover the cost of chemotherapy and targeted treatments for cancer.

For more information about the Partnerships in Hope Awards dinner, visit or contact Solonje E. Burnett-Loucas at 212-712-6165; or email

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