Pam Manges Receives National Volunteer Award for Commitment to Cancer Advocacy

Local Cancer Advocate Receives National Recognition from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

September 10, 2019

Wooster, Ohio  – Pam Manges 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.

“Pam continues to be a tireless voice speaking out for those facing cancer in Ohio and across the country,” said Lisa Lacasse, president of ACS CAN. “We are grateful for her outstanding efforts to organize and mobilize local volunteers to champion strong and effective public policy proven to end suffering and death from cancer.”

Pam leads the Ambassador Constituent Team (ACT!) in Ohio Congressional District 16 for ACS CAN, the advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society. As the ACT! Lead, she serves as the primary volunteer contact with District 16 lawmakers, and recruits and manages other local volunteers to lead advocacy and fundraising efforts.

Pam has volunteered with ACS CAN since 2006.

“Pam always shows great determination while advocating for meaningful legislation that helps eliminate the burden of cancer in our community,” said Lauren Coatoam, Ohio grassroots manager for ACS CAN. “Her efforts to end suffering and death from this disease are greatly appreciated by all those touched by cancer, both here in Ohio and across the country.”  

The award was presented on Sept. 8 in Washington, D.C., as part of the annual ACS CAN Leadership Summit and Lobby Day. Nearly 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.



The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is making cancer a top priority for public officials and candidates at the federal, state and local levels. ACS CAN empowers advocates across the country to make their voices heard and influence evidence-based public policy change as well as legislative and regulatory solutions that will reduce the cancer burden. As the American Cancer Society’s nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN is critical to the fight for a world without cancer. For more information, visit

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