By Joe Lewis - Staff Writer
Nov. 28, 2012 —
A Carter County man has received recognition from the American Cancer Society for his volunteer work to further awareness and prevention of the disease.
Roger Cline of Olive Hill was honored as a Community Volunteer Award winner in the Ashland area for his work to help make cancer a priority with lawmakers.
The award is presented each year to volunteers who best help the American Cancer Society make a real and lasting impact in local communities.
Cline is being recognized for his work with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), an affiliate organization that works to promote cancer awareness and prevention by lobbying for changes to both federal laws and local public policy.
“Roger is a hardworking and passionate volunteer in the Ashland area,” said James Sharp, Kentucky government relations director for ACS CAN. “We are grateful for Roger’s contributions toward the creation of a city-wide smoke-free ordinance and advocating for cancer-fighting public policy throughout the Commonwealth.”
Two years ago Cline lost his wife, a non-smoker, to lung cancer. Since then, he has tireless worked to fight the disease in her memory and he hopes to protect others from the dangers of secondhand smoke.
“I am determined to see Kentucky go smoke-free,” says Cline. “I was surprised and honored to receive this award. I am a volunteer because I don't want anyone else to go through what I did.”
“I understand that we can’t win the fight against cancer in research labs alone and that we also need effective public policy to end death and suffering from this disease.”
Joe Lewis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 286-4201.