American Cancer Society Volunteer Awarded Top Advocacy Honor

By: American Cancer Society Last Updated: April 13, 2011

Heart-Award-Winner-JenniferHunt_LucyBruce-WhitakerLucy Bruce-Whitaker Named IN-MI Heart Award Winner

Surrounded by advocacy volunteers from across the state, Wheatfield resident Lucy Bruce-Whitaker was awarded the IN-MI Heart Award at the American Cancer Society Indiana Lobby Day last week. The IN-MI Heart Volunteer Advocacy Award is presented to an outstanding volunteer who has demonstrated that the basis for effective grassroots action is actually internal. Effective advocacy is based on an individual’s personal commitment to the American Cancer Society’s mission and passion to end all suffering caused by cancer. This award is American Cancer Society Great Lakes Division’s highest advocacy honor for volunteers.

Bruce-Whitaker has been a long-time volunteer for the American Cancer Society and currently serves as the state lead ambassador for the American Cancer Society, training other volunteers how to be effective at advocating for issues that support the fight against cancer, such as statewide smokefree air legislation. She participates in Indiana Lobby Day annually and travels to Washington D.C. to meet with national legislators to make certain that fighting cancer is a top priority on Capitol Hill.

As the lead American Cancer Society volunteer in Indiana’s first congressional district, Bruce-Whitaker developed and spearheads a local committee of advocacy volunteers for the American Cancer Society. These volunteers take action on legislative issues and communicate with their state and federal elected officials on behalf of American Cancer Society volunteers from throughout the area.

In addition to her involvement with the American Cancer Society, she is also active with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society. Her commitment to making sure cancer is a public policy priority has helped ACS CAN achieve several legislative victories in the fight against cancer.

Beyond her involvement with the American Cancer Society and ACS CAN, Bruce-Whitaker is a registered nurse, where she is on the front lines with people who are battling cancer on a daily basis.

It is a great privilege to work with volunteers like Lucy Bruce-Whitaker, and the IN_MI Heart Award is just a small gesture to demonstrate our gratitude and appreciation for all she does to fight cancer through advocacy,” said Jennifer Hunt, director of grassroots advocacy for the American Cancer Society, Great Lakes Division, Inc. “We thank her for her tireless commitment and for all she does to help save lives and create more birthdays in Indiana and beyond.”

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