Kirkland Resident Eunice Hostetter Receives Top Volunteer Award for Excellence in Cancer Advocacy

Washington’s Lead Cancer Volunteer Receives National Recognition from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

September 11, 2017

Kirkland, Wash. – September 11, 2017 – Eunice Hostetter was named the State Lead Ambassador (SLA) of the Year by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) for her tireless volunteer and advocacy efforts to help make cancer a national priority.

This annual award is presented to a lead state volunteer who has demonstrated exemplary leadership in advocating for ACS CAN’s area of cancer-related public policy.

“As the ACS CAN State Lead Ambassador, Eunice Hosttetter has empowered her fellow Washingtonians to advocate for the many cancer patients and survivors in the state and across the country,” said Chris Hansen, president of ACS CAN. “We are thankful for Eunice’s outstanding work on cancer-fighting public policies that’s proven to save lives.”

ACS CAN is the nation’s largest cancer advocacy organization and supports evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. As the State Lead Ambassador for Washington, Hostetter works with lawmakers, staff members and other volunteers to set legislative campaign goals for the state.

Hostetter is a 14-year breast cancer survivor who has been a volunteer cancer advocate for 12 years. For the past two years, she’s served as Washington’s lead volunteer, working with local, state and federal lawmakers on public policies to fight cancer. Prior to becoming ACS CAN’s state lead ambassador, Hostetter served as the lead volunteer for ACS CAN in Washington’s 1st congressional district for eight years, developing a personal relationship with Congresswoman Suzan DelBene.

Additionally, Hostetter has been a volunteer with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life for 14 years. In 2016, she was appointed to Governor Jay Inslee’s Cancer Research Endowment Board to help guide and oversee Washington state’s investments in cancer research. For the past two years, she has chaired the ACS CAN Washington Research Breakfast.

“One of the best things about our organization is our top-notch passionate volunteers, and you don’t get more dedicated than Eunice,” said Mary McHale, ACS CAN Washington government relations director. “Eunice is the definition of what a volunteer leaders should be, and ACS CAN is thrilled to recognize Eunice for her leadership and tireless dedication to fighting cancer. The Washington team would not be the same without her.”

The award was presented on September 10 in Washington, D.C., as part of the annual ACS CAN Leadership Summit and Lobby Day. More than 700 cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones traveled to the nation’s capital to meet with their elected officials and urge them to make cancer a national priority.

ACS CAN applauds Hostetter’s passion and determination to advocate for meaningful legislation that helps eliminate the burden of cancer.

ACS CAN, the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, supports evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and candidates to make cancer a top national priority. ACS CAN gives ordinary people extraordinary power to fight cancer with the training and tools they need to make their voices heard. For more information, visit ###

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