Judy Jackson receives Terese Lasser Award
(Calhoun, Ga) — Judy Jackson of Calhoun received the American Cancer Society (ACS) 2008 Terese Lasser Award, an award given to one volunteer in Georgia Region I for her exceptional dedication and outstanding volunteer leadership with the Reach to Recovery breast cancer patient support program in mid and north Georgia.
Jackson is a 20 year breast cancer survivor and was one of several Reach to Recovery volunteers in Georgia to be nominated this year. She was honored for the 17 years of service in the Reach to Recovery program, her compassionate response to new breast cancer patients, leadership involvement in her local Relay for Life, and outstanding dedication in other ACS programs. Jackson serves as a Reach to Recovery coordinator and visitor.
“I am truly honored to receive this award,” Jackson said. “To me it is more of a blessing that I am able to help others. If I’ve helped just one person since becoming involved in the program, then it will have all been worth it.”
Gretchen Barkley, American Cancer Society area manager for Northwest Georgia stated that “Judy’s determination to help others through this disease is invaluable. She is wonderful volunteer and I am pleased that the American Cancer Society can show their appreciation for all she does.”
“She is certainly a deserving recipient,” said Mary Wright, mission delivery manager of the American Cancer Society, Northwest Georgia Region.
“Judy has been a wonderful volunteer and has served in several leadership roles in Gordon County over many years. Most importantly, she is a compassionate and dedicated person who is committed to helping other women overcome breast cancer.”
Terese Lasser began Reach to Recovery in 1952, following her own breast cancer experience. The Reach to Recovery Program was adopted as a nationwide American Cancer Society program in 1969. The award is presented to an individual or group in recognition of outstanding contributions to the Reach to Recovery program.
The Reach to Recovery program is a free service to women who recently have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Trained breast cancer survivors visit newly diagnosed women to offer information and emotional support.
Jackson is employed by Gordon Hospital as director of development of the Gordon Hospital Foundation. She was the first Relay for Life Chairman in Gordon County in 1993 and continued to serve and provided leadership in the successful growth of this community-wide event.
For more information about Reach to Recovery or other programs, call the American Cancer Society toll free at l-800-ACS2345.