Barbara Behal Receives National Volunteer Award for Commitment to Cancer Advocacy

Local Cancer Advocate Receives National Recognition from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN)

September 18, 2023

AUSTIN, TEXAS – SEPTEMBER 18, 2023 – Barbara Behal was awarded (ACT!) Lead of the Year by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) for her exceptional commitment to advocacy work and making cancer a national priority.

This annual award is given to a lead congressional district volunteer who has demonstrated remarkable leadership advocating for ACS CAN’s mission priority areas of cancer-related public policy.

“Barbara is a tireless advocate who speaks out on behalf of all those fighting cancer, both in her community in Texas and across the country,” said Lisa Lacasse, president of ACS CAN. “Her outstanding efforts are reflected in her ability to swiftly organize and mobilize a robust team of local volunteers to champion strong and effective public policy to help end cancer as we know it for everyone.”


“Barbara’s passion for our mission and her ability to build meaningful relationships with elected officials has had a positive impact on so many of our cancer priorities in Texas,” said James Gray, government relations director for ACS CAN-Texas. “Her tireless efforts have resulted in lives saved from cancer.”

The award was presented on Sept. 17 as part of the annual ACS CAN Leadership Summit and Lobby Day. Nearly 700 cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones met with their elected officials to urge them to support policies that increase funding for cancer research and prevention programs and address barriers that prevent diverse populations from enrolling in clinical trials.


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The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) advocates for evidence-based public policies to reduce the cancer burden for everyone. We engage our volunteers across the country to make their voices heard by policymakers at every level of government. We believe everyone should have a fair and just opportunity to prevent, detect, treat, and survive cancer. Since 2001, as the American Cancer Society’s nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN has successfully advocated for billions of dollars in cancer research funding, expanded access to quality affordable health care, and advanced proven tobacco control measures. We stand with our volunteers, working to make cancer a top priority for policymakers in cities, states and our nation’s capital. Join the fight by visiting


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