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Lemoine Receives National American Cancer Society Award for Exemplary Service

Colleen Lemoine, with the St. George National Award
Colleen Lemoine, with the St. George National Award

New Orleans -- Colleen Lemoine, APRN, MN, AOCN, RN-BC, with the Interim LSU Public Hospital, is one of 26 inspirational individuals who received the American Cancer Society's St. George National Award for outstanding service to the community in support of the Society's mission to combat cancer.

Recipients were chosen based on ongoing leadership, time commitment, and dedication to areas such as fundraising, mission delivery, patient support, legislative advocacy and event engagement.

Lemoine, a clinical oncology nurse specialist at ILH, has a long history with the American Cancer Society, including more than six years of leadership roles, 15 years of volunteerism and participation in numerous American Cancer Society initiatives. She was on the New Orleans Executive Leadership Council, a Relay For Life team member, medical spokesperson for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, and site coordinator for the Look Good…Feel Better program.

"I am truly honored and humbled to receive the St. George National Award. To be recognized as meaningfully contributing to the important work of the American Cancer Society and thereby advancing its mission is high praise indeed," said Lemoine. "Receiving this award is especially significant to me because the American Cancer Society mission – to eliminate cancer as a major health problem by preventing it, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from it through research, education, advocacy and service – closely parallels the mission of the Interim LSU Public Hospital, where I have been blessed to serve oncology patients for the past 26 years. By providing quality service to meet the healthcare needs of all people, regardless of their circumstances, through medical care, education and research at ILH, I have the privilege of joining my efforts with all who work to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays."

Becky Majdoch, with the American Cancer Society, is one of many staff persons who nominated Lemoine and has worked closely with her on various projects.

"Colleen Lemoine is a voice for the American Cancer Society in the New Orleans community, as well as within the Oncology Nursing Society in Louisiana," said Majdoch. "Colleen has made a significant impact in helping to eliminate disparities and further the mission of the American Cancer Society and exemplifies the qualities sought in the St. George's Award winners."

All nominees for this award have dedicated at least six years of their time to the fight against cancer and the fight for more birthdays. They have all significantly contributed to advancing the Society's mission, strategic goals and programs. Since conceived in 1949 by Dr. Charles S. Cameron, former Society medical and scientific director, the St. George award has been presented annually to Society volunteers nationwide.

"The American Cancer Society is proud to recognize and honor these volunteers for their exemplary service," said Edward E. Partridge, M.D., national volunteer president of the American Cancer Society. "Without such unwavering dedication, tireless support, and irrepressible passion as these awardees demonstrate, the Society would not be able to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays."

The 26 recipients were nominated by their Divisions, approved by the St. George National Award Task Force and presented to the American Cancer Society Board of Directors. Lemoine was a nominee from the Mid-South Division.