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13th Anniversary Joan Hisaoka Gala

2011 Hope and Healing Award Honorees

Jan Smith Donaldson and Sam Donaldson


Jan Smith Donaldson served on the Board of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivors. She was Gala Chair for Prevent Cancer and for Moffitt Cancer Center's Magnolia Ball. Jan and Sam were both honored by M.D. Anderson's Chaplain Corps in Houston and by Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia for their work supporting cancer research. They were also both honored as Washingtonians of the Year. Jan was Communications Chair of the Hospice Gala for the National Capital Region and reported and anchored their video production.

She anchored a segment of the award winning 2008 Search for Solutions about National Healthcare which ran on Maryland Public Television and other public television stations nationwide. Jan reported for WTTG-TV covering national and local news for 12 years. She also reported for CNN's newsmagazine show Newsstand and for National Geographic's Inside Base Camp. She began her reporting career in Kansas City.

Sam Donaldson, an ABC News Correspondent/Anchor from October 1967 to the present, was diagnosed with Melanoma Stage III in August of 1995. One cancerous lymph node was found and removed and there has been no recurrence of the disease. Since his diagnosis, Donaldson has worked with various organizations in the fields of cancer research, patient care and information and has actively supported efforts to obtain greater levels of funding from many sources for cancer research.

In 1996, Donaldson and his ABC colleague Judd Rose wrote and produced an hour long ABC News prime time documentary titled "Cancer in the Family." In 1998, Donaldson and ABC's Cokie Roberts were co-masters of ceremony for a March on Washington held on the national mall that brought thousands of cancer families to the Capital to lobby for increased Federal funding for the National Cancer Institute (NCI). In 1998, Donaldson along with others testified before Congress in support of additional Federal funding for NCI.

In 2002, Donaldson was named the founding Chairman of the Advisory Board of the F. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. He remains on the Board as the Chair Emeritus. In 2010, Donaldson was named the founding Chairman of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Foundation, a post he holds today. Over the years, Donaldson has given numerous pro bono talks to Cancer Centers, Hospitals and related organizations and has received many awards for his work in the effort to alleviate the suffering from cancer and eventually eliminate the disease.

Past Hope and Healing Award Honorees

Carolyn Peterson, 2010

Grace Bender, 2009

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