Waxman recognized for cancer advocacy

From left: ACS California Division Mission Delivery Chair Helen Mendel, reception co-host Helene Brown, Congressman Henry Waxman and reception co-hosts Dorothy and Allan Jonas.

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network paid tribute to U.S. Congressman Henry A. Waxman on Aug. 8 with the ACS CAN California Distinguished Advocacy Award. This is its highest award given to California elected officials who have demonstrated outstanding legislative leadership in the fight against cancer.

Waxman has a long and distinguished history as a leader on health issues, particularly as the central leader in fighting tobacco in Congress, the American Cancer Society says. He on the Health subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. During the widely publicized Congressional hearings on tobacco, Waxman challenged the veracity of tobacco executives on the addictiveness of tobacco as a prelude to the states’ tobacco settlement.

This inaugural award ceremony was co-hosted by ACS CAN leadership volunteers Helene Brown and Allan and Dorothy Jonas. Helen Mendel, CMD, served as event chairperson. The event was held at the Regency Club in Westwood and benefited the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. Waxman was joined by his wife Janet, daughter Shai and his grandchildren.

“I know you (ACS CAN) are giving me this recognition for things I’ve accomplished in the past,” Waxman said. “However, know that I will stand with you to continue the fight against cancer and assist cancer patients as we work to end this disease.”