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Aug 14: Memorial Breast Care Nurse is this Year’s Sword of Hope Winner

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August 14, 2007

2007 Sword of Hope Recipient Peggy ThomasMemorial Health System Breast Care Nurse, Peggy Thomas, RN, MSN, AOCN, has been named as the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) 2007 Sword of Hope recipient.

The Sword of Hope is given each year to a person who has made exceptional contributions by partnering with the ACS to support research, education and advocacy in the fight against cancer. The ACS picked Thomas for her extraordinary personal commitment to her patients. As coordinator of all clinical services at Memorial’s Breast Care Center, Thomas is often the first person a woman meets after a cancer diagnosis and provides continued guidance throughout the patient’s treatment process. The ACS was touched by stories of Thomas's hugs, smiles and friendship throughout their ordeal.

Thomas’s previous awards include the 2003 El Paso Medical Society Excellence in Nursing Award, the 2003 Irwin Goodwin Fellowship and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation’s 2005 Honorable Supporter of Breast Cancer Awareness.

She has also served as a member of the ACS Breast Cancer Task Force, the ACS speakers bureau and the ACS State Board. She was also a presenter at this year’s Radiology Training on Cancer Treatment.

Thomas will be formally honored at the American Cancer Society’s Sword of Hope Gala, October 6, 2007 at the Broadmoor Hotel. 

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For more information or to schedule an interview with Peggy Thomas, please contact the Memorial Health System Public Relations Office, (719) 365-5235.