Phyllis Clark of Riverside received the American Cancer Society's 2007 "Volunteer of the Year" award for her work with underserved communities at the American Cancer Society's annual "Community Salute" recently at the Mission Inn in Riverside. With more than 200 in attendance, the Society honored the charity's best and brightest for 2007.
"She's been to Capitol Hill to tell Congress to increase funding for research and to address disparities," stated Marcia Bundalian-Stephen, the Volunteer of the Year for 2006, who presented the award to Clark. "She's currently chairing our African American Community Outreach committee. She's going to make a difference - for her community and for all others who have to face this disease," she continued.
Jamil Dada of Riverside, recently diagnosed with cancer, received the "Celebration of Life" award. The "Celebration of Life" award is presented to a cancer survivor of note who makes significant contributions to his community in his or her chosen field, and exemplifies the fact that cancer is a disease from which you can survive - and thrive.
Bud Barnes of Riverside who lost his vocal chords to larynx cancer due to smoking, was also honored with a "Spirit Award" for his tireless work with schools, educating students in grade school, middle school and high school about the dangers of smoking.
Bob Ridzak of Clear Channel Radio in Riverside was honored with the "Media Circle of Hope Award" for his support of the Society's patient services programs and services.
Riverside Community Hospital was honored with the "Healthcare Partner of the Year" award.
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