The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network awarded its prestigious Volunteer Award for Excellence in Advocacy to Donna S. Lundy, Ph.D., F-ASHA, BCS-S, who specializes in swallowing disorders and voice rehabilitation for head and neck cancer patients at Sylvester.
The Cancer Action Network (CAN) recognized Dr. Lundy for more than 24 years of outstanding leadership and continuous cancer advocacy and public policy work during a virtual meeting in September. The award is the Network’s highest honor for volunteers.
“Over the years, we’ve worked on campaigns to promote indoor clean air such as non-smoking environments, increased tobacco tax, and increased research funding, which we know is the only way to find a cure. Having the opportunity to participate in these campaigns, from meeting with legislators to participating in petition signing and more, and then celebrating successes is tremendously rewarding,” said Dr. Lundy, professor and chief of the Division of Speech Pathology in the Department of Otolaryngology at the Miller School of Medicine.
She notes that helping people with cancer goes beyond medical care and includes efforts to foster earlier detection, develop more effective treatments, and boost patient quality of life.
“Her enthusiasm for the work of the ACS has galvanized many at UM to join in the efforts of that organization in supporting research, education, and outreach to those afflicted,” said Fred F. Telischi, M.D., chair of the Department of Otolaryngology.