Mary Mock of Vermillion was honored with an Outstanding Advocate Award, which recognizes volunteers who have made a significant contribution to reducing cancer in South Dakota through public policy change. Mock served as an American Cancer Society Celebration on the Hill ambassador to Washington, DC earlier this year, and lobbied the South Dakota federal delegation to pledge support for cancer issues.
"The American Cancer Society is proud to recognize this community leader," said Gretchen Tegeler, South Dakota state vice-president for the American Cancer Society. "She has a passion, a commitment to making our state cancer-free. She has demonstrated remarkable leadership in the fight against cancer."
The awards were presented at the American Cancer Society's first volunteer recognition event in Rapid City on Nov. 3.
Over 4,000 South Dakotans will be diagnosed with cancer this year, and more than 1,600 residents will die from the disease.
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