Ann Hathaway, Program Director of Education at Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, was recently recognized for her years of dedication to cancer survivors. She received Indiana Cancer Consortium’s David Caldwell Survivorship Award in April.
The David Caldwell Survivorship Award is presented to individuals who are cancer survivors, “committed to reducing the burden of cancer in Indiana through cancer control and prevention, exemplifies outstanding leadership, and empowers cancer survivors and advocates,” according to the Indiana Cancer Consortium website.
Ann is a cancer survivor of 20 years and has been with Cancer Services for 9 years. She maintains a robust schedule of classes for cancer survivors and oversees the expert facilitators and presenters who share their knowledge with participants.
“Ann values each participant’s uniqueness. She encourages them, she empowers them, and she admires their courage,” Dianne May, CEO/President of Cancer Services, said. “In turn, I admire her courage and willingness to make meaning from her experience by serving others.”
During her acceptance speech, Ann shared:
“I believe any cancer survivor will say that there is a definite transition between being a cancer patient and a cancer survivor. Almost nine years ago I was offered an opportunity by Dianne May, our CEO at Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana. I was hired as Program Director of Education with my primary role being to develop our Healing Arts Center/Survivorship Academy.
Through these years I have had the privilege of laughing and crying with our clients, marveling at their resiliency, and sharing stories that will last me a lifetime. I am sure my coworkers have grown weary of me saying I have the best job in the agency. I would like to thank Dianne and Marsha Haffner, our Clinical Director for nominating me for the David Caldwell Survivorship Award. I would also like to thank the Indiana Cancer Consortium for recognizing through this award the important role survivors play in the life of those diagnosed with cancer.”
Recently, Ann announced that she is retiring from Cancer Services in June. We are thrilled that the David Caldwell Survivorship Award adds a high note to the conclusion of her time working at this organization. Cancer Services is truly grateful to Ann for her years of service to clients and to the organization as a whole. Thank you, Ann!