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American Cancer Society honors UIC alumna with its highest volunteer award

Long-time American Cancer Society volunteer Dr. Susan M. Rawl, PhD, RN, FAAN, was awarded the 2013 St. George National Award, the Society’s highest distinction for volunteer service, at its recent Great Lakes Division board meeting in Lansing, Michigan.

Rawl has been a volunteer leader for the American Cancer Society for over a decade. Since 2003 she has been actively engaged at the local, division and national levels including the Colorectal Awareness Network, the Great Lakes Division board and as a former member of its National Assembly.  Dr. Rawl recently completed her service as president/chief health officer of the Society’s Great Lakes Division board and will serve as the Lakeshore Division board’s inaugural chair.

“Susan’s dedication and passion have been a crucial component of the American Cancer Society’s efforts to finish the fight against cancer,” said Nancy Yaw, executive vice president of the American Cancer Society’s Lakeshore Division. “It is an honor and a privilege to recognize her many outstanding achievements with the St. George Award.”

To qualify for the award, volunteers must have six years of consecutive and distinguished service and recipients are selected by other volunteers on the Society’s board of directors. Also honored this year alongside Dr. Rawl is Society volunteer Frank P. Lloyd Jr., MD, FACS of Indianapolis.

Rawl is a professor in the Department of the Science of Nursing Care, director of the PhD in nursing science program, director of training in behavioral nursing research at the Indiana University School of Nursing. She is also a member of the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center’s cancer prevention and control program. 

Rawl earned her BSN in nursing, her MS in medical-surgical nursing/CNS and her PhD in nursing science from University of Illinois at Chicago.

She completed a post-doctoral Fellowship in behavioral oncology at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis and currently lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband Ben.

About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. As we mark our 100th birthday in 2013, we're determined to finish the fight against cancer. We're finding cures as the nation’s  largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org/fight.

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