Award recognizes incredible volunteer impact through advancement of DE&I.
For decades, Charlie Hill of Hampton, VA, has been a tireless volunteer advocate dedicated to spreading cancer awareness in the communities he serves, with a strategic focus on diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) and health equity. In honor of his work to put health and awareness at the forefront of the ACS mission, Charlie was awarded the Fredda Bryan National Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award for 2022.
Charlie is a significant contributor and team member for the American Cancer Society Partnering For Life (PFL) initiative, which works to spread awareness about cancer risk, prevention, and early detection in the Black community. He has been an indispensable leader and contributor to the relaunch of the PFL initiative, providing strategic insight and subject matter expertise, as well as lending his voice to key PFL events including the initiative kickoff and community awareness call for prostate cancer, both reaching thousands of diverse individuals across the country.
Since 2020, Charlie has been an essential leader on the African American Stakeholder Advisory group, advising the Executive Team and the organization on matters of DE&I and the Black community overall, but especially as it relates to Black men and prostate cancer. He is a tireless advocate for improved screening guidelines and cancer information, and his activism and advocacy have not only positively influenced the organization but has increased access to cancer education and prevention information for many. Charlie’s willingness to lend his powerful voice, share his breathtaking story of surviving cancer, and diligently represent DE&I goes far beyond the organizations he has partnered with and efforts he continues to champion.