The 2019 honorees were recognized at the Stovall Award Reception on November 13 in Washington, DC. The award presentation featured videos highlighting the honorees and their work. Read more about the evening below.
NCCS Presents 4th Annual Ellen L. Stovall Award to Dr. Harmar Brereton and Dana Dornsife for Their Innovation and Dedication to Cancer Survivors
Named for former NCCS CEO Ellen Stovall, who died in 2016 due to complications from three cancer treatments, the award highlights those who continue Ellen’s work of transforming cancer care to further incorporate patients’ goals, needs, and values. Sen. Robert Casey (PA) and Congressman Matt Cartwright (PA-8) joined NCCS to present the award to their constituent, Dr. Brereton, and Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11), a cancer survivor, presented the award to his constituent, Mrs. Dornsife.
“The Stovall Awards reception is a highlight of our year, as we honor Ellen’s legacy of advocating for everyone touched by cancer to have access to the best cancer care possible, during and after their cancer treatment. This year’s honorees exemplify her life’s work and passion: Dr. Harmar Brereton was her physician and friend, and is a compassionate, patient-centered oncologist and teacher, and Dana Dornsife has dedicated herself to ensuring that cancer patients have access to clinical trials for their treatment and to advance the science,” said Shelley Fuld Nasso, NCCS CEO.
Sen. Bob Casey (Left) and Rep. Matt Cartwright (Right) present the 2019 Stovall Award to their constituent Harmar Brereton, MD. (Photo: Leslie E. Kossoff/LK Photos)
Dr. Brereton spent thirty-three years in private practice and founded the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute in his community of Scranton, Pennsylvania. He teaches at the Weill Cornell School of Medicine and is on the faculty of the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, formerly the Commonwealth Medical College, a school he helped found. He is also a leadership team member of the International Cancer Expert Corps. Dr. Brereton is a graduate of Yale University and earned a medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He trained in Internal Medicine at Emory University, Medical Oncology and Hematology at the NCI, and Radiation Oncology at Johns Hopkins University. Sen. Bob Casey said of Dr. Brereton, “Two words that come to mind, not describing a doctor, but describing a human being: uncommon decency.”
“Dr. Brereton has not only transformed cancer care in our region, but he continues to change the culture of cancer care everywhere as he teaches and guides the next generation of providers about true patient-centered care,” said Rep. Matt Cartwright.
Dr. Brereton reflected on his drive to serve patients: “These long-term relationships we have with patients require humility. However, it is also these long-term relationships that for me have been so important in shaping and reaffirming my conviction of trying to meet my patient’s needs.” He continued, “We honor our cancer patients by remembering them, and by telling their stories.”
Rep. Mark DeSaulnier presents the 2019 Stovall Award to his constituent Dana Dornsife. (Photo: Leslie E. Kossoff/LK Photos)
Dana Dornsife is Chair of the Board and Founder of Lazarex Cancer Foundation, a nationwide non-profit organization she created in 2006. The unique mission of Lazarex is to improve the outcome of cancer care—giving hope, dignity, and life to advanced stage cancer patients and the medically underserved by providing assistance with costs for FDA clinical trial participation, identification of clinical trial options, community outreach and engagement. Mrs. Dornsife expanded the mission at Lazarex to bring transformational change to the bench to bedside process of clinical trial enrollment, retention, minority participation and equitable access with IMPACT (IMproving Patient Access to Cancer Clinical Trials). She is a graduate of Drexel University in Philadelphia and serves as a board member of the USC Brain and Creativity Institute at University of Southern California, the UCSF Cancer Leadership Council, and the MGH Presidents Council.
Rep. Mark DeSaulnier commented, “Dana’s an example of somebody who was about to lose a family member whom she loved, at an age where you wouldn’t expect to. And she did what we would all think that we would do. She dropped everything to make sure that her sister had every ounce of her energy, affection, and love. And then she transferred that, not just to her sister, but all of us.”
In her remarks, Mrs. Dornsife said, “I am honored and I am humbled to be a recipient of the Ellen Stovall award, an award that really is a testament to [Ellen’s] pioneering and transformational work on behalf of all cancer patients. And although I’m standing here and I’m the named recipient of this award, I would not be here if it wasn’t for all of the treasured people in my life who’ve been critical in advancing the Lazarex Cancer Foundation mission.”
2019 Stovall Award Sponsors
American Society of Clinical Oncology Laurie Isenberg & Joel Roos (In Memory of Ellen L. Stovall) Kite, a Gilead Company Merck Novartis
Douglas & Vicki Blayney Celgene Drexel University The Dufour Collaborative Pfizer PhRMA Sandy Welton Eleanor Winter & Dan Backo
AbbVie Jeff & Jane Bulman (In Memory of Ellen L. Stovall) Eisai International Cancer Expert Corps Takeda
Amgen American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) The Blomain Family (In Honor of Harmar Brereton) Joseph Cesare, MD & Kathryn Cesare C. Norman & Karolynn F. Coleman (In Honor of Harmar Brereton) Dana Dornsife Taylor Ferrell Geisinger Hope Healthcare (Samira K. Beckwith) Jennifer McGihon Jones Sandra & Morey Myers Michael & Shelley Nasso The Family of Lillian B. Rice Julia H. Rowland, PhD Tom Smith, MD Jonathan Stovall & Briana Black Taiho Oncology
2019 Ellen L. Stovall Award Reception Congressional Host Committee
The Hon. John Boozman The Hon. Robert P. Casey, Jr. The Hon. Dianne Feinstein The Hon. Charles E. Grassley The Hon. Cindy Hyde-Smith The Hon. Edward J. Markey The Hon. Patty Murray The Hon. Mike Rounds The Hon. Charles E. Schumer The Hon. Tim Scott The Hon. Chris Van Hollen The Hon. Roger F. Wicker
U.S. House of Representative
The Hon. Alma S. Adams The Hon. Don Bacon, BGen, USAFA (Ret) The Hon. Nanette Diaz Barragan The Hon. Earl Blumenauer The Hon. Julia Brownley The Hon. André Carson The Hon. Matthew Cartwright The Hon. David Cicilline The Hon. William Lacy Clay The Hon. Tom Cole The Hon. Gerald E. Connolly The Hon. J. Luis Correa The Hon. TJ Cox The Hon. Elijah Cummings The Hon. Diana DeGette The Hon. Suzan K. DelBene The Hon. Mark DeSaulnier The Hon. Debbie Dingell The Hon. Mike Doyle The Hon. Tom Emmer The Hon. Veronica Escobar The Hon. Anna G. Eshoo The Hon. Brian Fitzpatrick The Hon. Lizzie Fletcher The Hon. Mike Gallagher The Hon. John Garamendi The Hon. Raúl M. Grijalva The Hon. Jimmy Gomez The Hon. Michael Guest The Hon. Debra A. Haaland The Hon. Vicky Hartzler The Hon. Alcee L. Hastings The Hon. Brian Higgins The Hon. James A. Himes The Hon. Christina Houlahan The Hon. Sheila Jackson Lee The Hon. Joseph P. Kennedy, III The Hon. Derek C. Kilmer The Hon. Ron Kind The Hon. Raja Krishnamoorthi The Hon. Ann McLane Kuster The Hon. Doug Lamborn The Hon. Barbara Lee The Hon. Zoe Lofgren The Hon. Alan S. Lowenthal The Hon. Stephen F. Lynch The Hon. Sean Patrick Maloney The Hon. Brian J. Mast The Hon. Betty McCollum The Hon. Cathy McMorris Rodgers The Hon. Jerry McNerney The Hon. Grace Meng The Hon. Seth Moulton The Hon. Stephanie N. Murphy The Hon. Jerrold Nadler The Hon. Donald W. Norcross The Hon. Donald M. Payne The Hon. Chellie Pingree The Hon. Ayanna Pressley The Hon. Michael Quigley The Hon. Jamie Raskin The Hon. Kathleen M. Rice The Hon. Lucille Roybal-Allard The Hon. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger The Hon. Janice D. Schakowsky The Hon. Adam B. Schiff The Hon. Kim Schrier, MD The Hon. Donna E. Shalala The Hon. Mikie Sherrill The Hon. Albio Sires The Hon. Adrian M. Smith The Hon. Jackie Speier The Hon. Peter Stauber The Hon. Haley M. Stevens The Hon. Thomas R. Suozzi The Hon. Eric Swalwell The Hon. Mark Takano The Hon. Glenn Thompson The Hon. Dina Titus The Hon. Paul Tonko The Hon. Fred Upton The Hon. Debbie Wasserman Schultz The Hon. Jennifer T. Wexton
Stovall Award Reception
2018 STOVALL AWARD RECEPTION
The honorees were recognized at the Stovall Award Reception in Washington, DC.
NCCS hosted the 3rd annual Ellen L. Stovall Award for Innovation in Patient-Centered Cancer Care reception. Named for former NCCS CEO, Ellen Stovall, who died in 2016 due to complications from three cancer treatments, the award seeks to highlight those who continue Ellen’s work of transforming cancer care to further incorporate patients’ goals, needs, and values. This year’s honorees are Gay Crawford, founding director of Cancer CAREpoint, and Dr. Norman Coleman, senior investigator at the National Cancer Institute. […]
2018 Ellen L. Stovall Award Reception Congressional Host Committee
The Hon. Alma Adams The Hon. Mark Amodei The Hon. Donald S. Beyer The Hon. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. The Hon. Earl Blumenauer The Hon. Matt Cartwright The Hon. Yvette D. Clarke The Hon. Mike Coffman The Hon. Jim Cooper The Hon. Elijah Cummings The Hon. Rodney Davis The Hon. Rosa DeLauro The Hon. Debbie Dingell The Hon. Lloyd Doggett The Hon. Mike Doyle The Hon. Brian Fitzpatrick The Hon. Eleanor Holmes Norton The Hon. Ro Khanna The Hon. Barbara Lee The Hon. Jim McGovern The Hon. Chellie Pingree The Hon. Ted Poe The Hon. Jamie Raskin The Hon. Pete Sessions The Hon. Eric Swalwell The Hon. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
2017 STOVALL AWARD RECEPTION
Left to right: Dr. Julia Rowland, Martha “Meg” Gaines, NCCS CEO Shelley Fuld Nasso, Patrick Coyne, and Dr. Thomas Smith at the 2017 Stovall Award Reception.
NCCS presented the Stovall Award to Mr. Coyne and Ms. Gaines at the second annual Stovall Award Reception in Washington, D.C on October 19, 2017. Mr. Coyne was nominated by Thomas J. Smith, MD, of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Ms. Gaines was nominated by Julia H. Rowland, PhD, recently retired director of the Office of Cancer Survivorship at the National Cancer Institute.
Named for longtime CEO of NCCS and three-time cancer survivor Ellen L. Stovall, who died in 2016, the award aims to honor her memory and advocacy by annually recognizing individuals, organizations, or other entities that are innovators in improving cancer care. Applications for the 2018 Stovall Award will be accepted beginning February 1, 2018.
“Ellen Stovall set the bar in advocacy with her determination to improve cancer care for everyone,” said NCCS CEO Shelley Fuld Nasso. “Pat Coyne and Meg Gaines have dedicated their careers to making the lives of all those diagnosed with cancer better, and each is incredibly deserving of the Stovall Award. We were honored to have an outstanding set of nominees. I want to thank our sponsors and all the individuals who submitted nominations and served on the selection committee for making this year’s award program an incredible achievement. All of us at NCCS are excited to build on this success for next year’s award.”
“Receiving this award is humbling for me knowing how hard Ellen tirelessly fought for the needs of others,” said Pat Coyne. “It is an honor to be associated with her name, and all that she stood for to put the needs of patients at the center of cancer care. We have come a long way, but so much more work remains. I sincerely appreciate Dr. Smith, the selection committee, NCCS, and all those associated with the Stovall Award for this recognition.”
“I was privileged to know Ellen Stovall, and am honored to have my work recognized by the organization she started, the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship,” said Meg Gaines. “Ellen paved the way for cancer survivors across the globe; her gentle but mighty hand will be felt for generations.”
The Ellen L. Stovall Award for Innovation in Patient-Centered Cancer Care is a unique opportunity for patients and survivors to recognize pioneers who are transforming the cancer care system.
The NCCS Cancer Policy & Advocacy Team (CPAT) is a program for survivors and caregivers to learn about pressing policy issues that affect quality cancer care in order to be engaged as advocates in public policy around the needs of cancer survivors.
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