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Apr 15, 2013 3:30 PM by MELISSA CANONE

American Cancer Society accepting nominations for 2013 Spirit of Hope Awards

The American Cancer Society is currently accepting nominations for the 2013 American Cancer Society Spirit of Hope Awards. The awards recipients will be recognized at the American Cancer Society Black and White Gala, which will take place at the Acadiana Center for the Arts on Saturday, August 17, 2013.

The nominee should be committed to and involved in the mission of the American Cancer Society: "The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service." The Selection Committee will look for individuals who help people stay well through prevention and education, help people get well through cancer patient programs and services, find cures through developing or utilizing new and innovative research, and/or fight back through working with lawmakers to affect public policy or through an American Cancer Society fundraising event.

The electronic nomination form is available at

The American Cancer Society Black and White Gala is a premier black-tie event in Acadiana. The event honors individuals for their accomplishments in the fight against cancer through the Spirit of Hope Awards. The event is led by a volunteer committee of community leaders, led by Event Chair Laura Ketteringham of Ketteringham Builders.

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation's largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, about 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



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