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Kim LeMaitre Wins Regional Award from the Cancer Information Service

PHILADELPHIA (April 4, 2006) - Kim LeMaitre, of Cherry Hill, N.J., has been awarded the Spirit of the Cancer Information Service (CIS) Award for the Atlantic Region. LeMaitre serves as a member of the CIS' partnership staff focusing on training development, implementation and evaluation. The Cancer Information Service is a program of the National Cancer Institute that provides the latest, most accurate information about cancer to patients, their families, and the public. The Atlantic Region offices are on the campus at Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia.

The Spirit of CIS Award is a national award given to one person from each CIS regional office. It is awarded to the individual who best personifies the CIS spirit of caring and commitment and routinely demonstrates this dedication through their attitude, contributions to the program, and relations with other members of the staff.

LeMaitre was selected in recognition of her years of service and her exceptional commitment to excellence.

"Kim is foremost a wonderful colleague and friend," reads the nomination. "She is also a model of dedication, perfectionism and professionalism for all of the staff. It has been a pleasure to watch her grow professionally over the years since she joined the CIS and to share her developing expertise in public health and training."

LeMaitre joined the Atlantic Region CIS in 1994 as an information specialist (IS), and is the only individual who has held three key positions in the organization. Following her tenure as an IS, LeMaitre became a training coordinator, offering comprehensive instruction and guidance to the CIS staff to help them better serve the public. As a former member of the training task force, she is well known for her excellent teaching strategies and innovative continuing education programs.

Linda Fleisher, Project Director for the Cancer Information Service hailed LeMaitre's unique contributions to the CIS.

"Her unique blend of knowledge about cancer, adult learning, training and public health has been a tremendous asset to the program," said Fleisher.

For the past 25 years, the Cancer Information Service (CIS) has provided the latest, most accurate information about cancer to patients, their families, and the public through its 1-800 4 CANCER phone service. The Cancer Information Service equips people with the reliable, science-based information they need to become active participants in their own health care - from prevention, to early detection, to treatment and survivorship.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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