Back in April of this year, BioNews Texas reported on how Texas State Representative Lois Kolkhorst received recognition from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) for her work to advance the fight against cancer in Texas — particularly with respect to her efforts to reform the once-embattled Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) in the wake of a major scandal that sidelined cancer research funding. Now, the ACS CAN has once again honored a prominent Texas lawmaker for similar work in getting CPRIT back on track.
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network recently announced that it has awarded Texas State Senator Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) with the prestigious Advocacy in Action award to honor the Senator’s commitment to advancing cancer research. Among the prime examples of her commitment to the cause is her previous work in both establishing and reforming CPRIT so that it can continue to fund critical cancer research in Texas and continue to attract the best and brightest in cancer research and drug development to the Lone Star State.
Of course, Senator Nelson’s political efforts involving CPIRIT is only one facet of her commitment to fighting the disease. She was also an active participant in the Lewisville Relay for Life, and has previously been awarded other honors recognizing her leadership in advocating for public health, such as the 2013 Women’s Health Hero Award, given by the Texas Women’s Health Coalition, the Patient Protection Award from the Texas Medical Association, the Physicians Patient Advocacy Award from Texas Academy of Family Physicians; Senate Legislator of the Year from Texas Nurse Practitioners; and the Courageous Defender of Life Award from Texas Alliance for Life.
In a recent article on the Lewisville Leader website, Senator Nelson was quoted as saying how, “It was an honor to participate in the Lewisville Relay for Life and to be surrounded by so many inspirational survivors and volunteers for the American Cancer Society,” adding that “I am very grateful to receive the Advocacy in Action Award from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. Working together, I know we will defeat cancer.”