NCCS was pleased to be joined by other patient advocates and champions of quality cancer care for the 2013 Rays of Hope Gala: Media and the Cancer Experience. The event took place on September 26 at the Newseum in Washington, DC. A special thanks to all of our guests. Below is a collection of wonderful photos from the event, captured by Paul Morigi.

Panelists, honorees  and guests including Rep. Lois Capps, Jessie Gruman, Darlene Hunt, Chuck Todd, Jennifer Ashton, Elmer Huerta, Douglas Blayney, and Julie Rovner joined NCCS at the Newseum on September 26th.

The media have a profound impact on public and patient attitudes toward a cancer diagnosis and treatment, and media coverage of cancer can also affect public policy debates about cancer care. Media from all disciplines are transforming how cancer patients and their families receive information about their disease, navigate difficult choices about treatment, and make decisions about their lives after cancer. 

Words Matter. More than a quarter century ago, the National
Coalition for Cancer Survivorship embarked on a mission to
change the vocabulary of cancer.

NCCS sought to replace “cancer victim” with “cancer survivor,” a change in terminology that helped bring about a dramatically different notion of the cancer experience. NCCS has built upon this history and is now working to ensure that from the moment of diagnosis through treatment and beyond, improving the quality of cancer care for survivors is a national policy priority.

2013 Rays of Hope: Media and the Cancer Experience Sponsors


Lilly Vertical





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American Society of Clinical Oncology, Celgene, National Cable & Telecommunications Association, Onyx, Pfizer


Bristol-Myers Squibb, Emergent BioSolutions, Genentech, Michael and Kimberly Kappel Family, The WellPoint Foundation, Sandy Welton, Eleanor Winter and Dan Backo


American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, Bethesda Systems, Janssen, National Committee for Quality Assurance, Oncology Nursing Society


9114HNC Cookie Kerxton and Al Rosen, Samira Beckwith, Jane and Jeffrey Bulman, David Butler Family Foundation, Center for Advancing Health, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Mr. and Mrs. Fuad El-Hibri, Barbara Hoffman and Paul Shapiro, Frank Hoffman MD and Thelma Hoffman, James R. Michal Jackson & Campbell PC, Tom Koutsoumpas, Latinas Contra Cancer, Shelley and Michael Nasso, National Association of Social Workers Foundation, National Committee for Quality Assurance, Patient Alliances, Purdue, Richard L Slowinski Baker & McKenzie LLC, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Virginia Sloan, Spectrum Science Communications, Ellen and John Stovall, Washington University Siteman Cancer Center, Nina and Dan Wendling