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CR Magazine Congratulates Cynthia Ryan, Ph.D., Clarion Award Recipient

August 16, 2011

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PHILADELPHIA — CR magazine, the AACR’s magazine for cancer survivors, their families and caregivers, congratulates contributing writer Cynthia Ryan, Ph.D., on her Clarion Award-winning article, “Homeless With Cancer,” which was published in CR’s Fall 2010 issue.

The Clarion Awards recognize individuals who exhibit writing excellence. This award is one of three Ryan has received for this article. Others include an award from the Greater Philadelphia Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and a Green Eyeshade Excellence in Journalism Award. Ryan is an associate professor of English at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Ryan’s story captures the daily struggles of homeless individuals who are living with cancer. Ryan documented the lives of patients in Birmingham, Ala., delving into each of their stories, highlighting their cancer diagnoses, feelings of disbelief and distrust in the medical system, lives on the streets, and experiences searching for medical care.

“Dr. Ryan’s story truly captures our mission of educating and communicating to the public critical issues that affect cancer patients today,” said Margaret Foti, Ph.D., M.D. (h.c.), CEO of the American Association for Cancer Research. “Her story shows heart. Not only has it touched the many people who have read it, but it inspired Dr. Ryan to establish a program that helps homeless cancer patients. The fact that CR magazine serves as this kind of catalyst speaks to the essence of what the publication is all about.”

CR was launched in 2006 as a means to create a forum where essential, evidence-based information is shared about cancer and perspectives on the progress of cancer research, survivorship and advocacy are conveyed.

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The mission of the American Association for Cancer Research is to prevent and cure cancer. Founded in 1907, the AACR is the world’s oldest and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research. The membership includes 33,000 basic, translational and clinical researchers; health care professionals; and cancer survivors and advocates in the United States and more than 90 other countries. The AACR marshals the full spectrum of expertise from the cancer community to accelerate progress in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer through high-quality scientific and educational programs. It funds innovative, meritorious research grants, research fellowships and career development awards. The AACR Annual Meeting attracts more than 18,000 participants who share the latest discoveries and developments in the field. Special conferences throughout the year present novel data across a wide variety of topics in cancer research, treatment and patient care. Including Cancer Discovery, the AACR publishes seven major peer-reviewed journals: Cancer Research; Clinical Cancer Research; Molecular Cancer Therapeutics; Molecular Cancer Research; Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention; and Cancer Prevention Research. AACR journals represented 20 percent of the market share of total citations in 2009. The AACR also publishes CR, a magazine for cancer survivors and their families, patient advocates, physicians and scientists.

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