On Friday, August 24, the International Affairs department honored outstanding achievers in global cancer and tobacco control during its third annual International Achievement Awards ceremony. The ceremony was held in conjunction with the National Board of Directors meeting at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The American Cancer Society’s International Affairs Advisory Committee (IAAC) – co-chaired by Elizabeth Fontham, American Cancer Society first vice president, and Maria Worsham, PhD, a Society National Assembly member – selected the recipients and hosted the awards program. The program also included opening remarks by Society leaders including Chief Executive Officer John R. Seffrin, PhD; Chief Medical Officer Harmon Eyre, MD; and Nathan Grey, national vice president of International Affairs.
International cancer control leaders were recognized in four key areas, including the Society’s American Cancer Society University (ACSU) program, international tobacco control, the International Partners Fellowship Program, and philanthropy. The award recipient for the ACSU program was Ana Lucía Garcés, MD, who serves as director of Guatemala’s multidisciplinary public health organization, IMSALUD, and is a member of One Voice Against Cancer. In international tobacco control, the award winner was Shoba John, an in-country program director for HealthBridge in India. The awardees for the International Partners Fellowship Program were Luzmindo B. Fajardo, executive director of the Philippine Cancer Society, and David Veneziano, chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society California Division. The philanthropy award was given to John Kapoor, PhD, who has pledged $275,000 to help advance the fight against cancer in India.