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Nominations for top ACS CAN advocacy awards due by August 12

Want to help recognize a volunteer, staff member, or lawmaker who has made a tremendous impact in making cancer a national policy priority? Then nominate them for one of the 2021 American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) top advocacy awards.

ACS CAN is seeking nominations for its highest national advocacy honor, the National Distinguished Advocacy Award (NDAA). Nominees may be national or international leaders or advocates, including lawmakers and public officials, who demonstrate outstanding support of the ACS CAN mission in addition to creating change involving cancer policy on a national or international scale.

ACS CAN is also looking for nominations for a variety of volunteer and staff awards. The volunteer awards are presented to those who most successfully advance the ACS CAN mission and volunteer structure in their own community. Staff awards are presented to staff members who have excelled in activities to advance and promote advocacy as well as ACS CAN both inside and outside the enterprise organization. 

Below is a list of the volunteer and staff awards for which ACS CAN is seeking nominations. Additional details, including award criteria and nomination forms, can be found at 


  • State Lead Ambassador (SLA) of the Year 
  • Ambassador Constituent Team (ACT) Lead of the Year 
  • State Advocacy Team of the Year
  • Emerging Leader Award
  • Volunteer Award for Excellence in Advocacy (VAEA)


  • Field Government Relations Professional of the Year 
  • Field Grassroots Professional of the Year 
  • National/Regional Professional of the Year 
  • State Advocacy Team of the Year
  • American Cancer Society Partner of the Year 
  • Alan Mills Award

The deadline to submit nominations is Thursday, August 12, 2021. The awards will be presented during ACS CAN’s Leadership Summit and Lobby Day, which will be held virtually September 26-29

If you have any questions, please contact Katie Riley, Associate Director, Advocacy Training and Operations, at

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