Georgia Cancer Specialists Chief Operating Officer Dr. Wendy Hawke recently joined Governor Sonny Perdue and a group of cancer and oncology representatives at a proclamation signing for Cancer Hope and Remembrance Observance Weekend, to be held in June. The signing was held Tuesday, May 18, at the Georgia State Capitol Building in Atlanta.
Dr. Hawke serves on the board of the Georgia Cancer Foundation. GCF was instrumental in urging the passage of the original house action.
“It is wonderful that the Governor recognizes the importance of paying tribute to those who have lost their battle with the disease, as well as those who are still in the fight,” said Dr. Hawke.
The proclamation reinforces House Resolution 824 introduced by Rep. Len Walker and passed by the Georgia Legislature in 2003. It encourages Georgia communities to create a variety of local opportunities during the weekend of June 11-13 to recognize the spectrum of cancer care from diagnosis through bereavement.
Suggestions for the weekend observance include implementing moments of silence from the podium, pulpit, or in the workplace, tolling bells or ringing sirens at a select time, placing notices in local worship bulletins, or blasting emails or faxes to friends, co-workers, and family members.
Others present during the ceremony were representatives of organizations who treat or provide services to cancer patients and families including Ruth Eldredge, Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition Fund, a breast cancer survivor who lost her husband to malignant melanoma; Ken Stevens, Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition; Carol Steiner, Georgia Division of Public Health; Dorothy McMichael, Sisters by Choice; Ginger Ackerman Smith, Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance; Shelley Howard, Cure Childhood Cancer; Janet Ruth, GCF Board of Directors; Gladys Long, Bosom Buddies and Dia de la Mujer Latina; Bill Todd, Georgia Cancer Coalition; and Kate Canterbury, Georgia Cancer Coalition.