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Long-time ACS staffer Jeanne Walsh dies

She was recently presented with the 2021 St. George National Award.

It is with heavy hearts that we share the loss of a dear friend and member of our ACS family, Jeanne Walsh.  

"Anyone who knew Jeanne knew her warmth, her humor, and her fierce sense of purpose. She led by example – inspiring leaders and helping everyone she touched. She was one of the strongest and most determined people we have ever known," said Anthony Marino, Northeast Region EVP.

During her very successful 28-year career with ACS, Jeanne was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called chordoma. Throughout her rigorous course of treatment, she volunteered and encouraged others at our Boston Hope Lodge. Later, she was tragically diagnosed with ALS. Despite these insurmountable challenges, she continued to live her life fully. She stayed active with the ACS until recent days, texting insights and sharing her wisdom. 

Here are a few of her accomplishments:

  • Developed the Cancer Prevention Study 3 research recruitment strategy when enrollment was down to successfully reach our national goal of 300,000 participants.
  • Formed the volunteer-led Asian Initiative, which started in Flushing NY, and grew to span New York and New Jersey, empowering communities with prevention, detection, and support. 
  • Successfully negotiated with Gilda’s Club to form the American Cancer Society’s Hope Club in Albany, NY – a volunteer-run, patient-centered support program. 
  • Led fundraising efforts to open the B. Thomas Golisano Hope Lodge in Rochester New York, which has served many thousands of cancer patients and caregivers. 
  • Developed strong partnerships with priority hospital systems to consistently exceed patient navigation and transportation goals in New York State.
  • Increased ACS CAN membership and participation throughout New York State. 
  • Consistently exceeded ACS corporate development and distinguished event goals and drove the success of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and Relay For Life in New York State.  
  • Served as a role model for the Relationships, Sales, and Service trainings, coaching staff and volunteers to sell our lifesaving mission to many new partners.

This summer, Jeanne was awarded the 2021 St. George National Award, our highest volunteer honor. And, at the New York Capital Region's 2020 Reimagined Gala of Hope, it was announced that its long-running Beacon of Hope Award was being renamed the Jeanne E. Walsh Award in her honor. She was the recipient of that award in 2018.

She is survived by her husband, John, and her adult children, Jack and Jenna. 

Sympathies may be addressed to her family at the following address:

The Walsh Family
508 Legion Drive
Schenectady NY 12303


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