Two at U of U--Hospital CEO, HCI Researcher--Will Receive Cancer Society's 'Sword of Hope'

Two at U of U--Hospital CEO, HCI Researcher--Will Receive Cancer Society's 'Sword of Hope'

Feb 26, 2004 5:00 PM

Two University of Utah leaders--University Hospitals & Clinics' CEO Richard A. Fullmer and the Huntsman Cancer Institute's Mary Beckerle, Ph.D.--will receive the American Cancer Society's most prestigious honor--the Sword of Hope award.

They will be recognized with three others for their work in fighting cancer at the annual Celebration of Hope Gala on Feb. 28 at the Grand Hall at the Gateway.

Fullmer, executive director of University of Utah Hospitals & Clinics, was selected for his lifetime work dedicated to patient care as a leader at U Hospital for more than 25 years. He has worked with the American Cancer Society to improve the quality of life for cancer patients, according to Rose Defa, executive director of the American Cancer Society Utah Chapter. Fullmer is currently being treated for cancer.

Beckerle, deputy director and senior director for laboratory research at Huntsman Cancer Institute, will be honored for her contribution and expertise in cancer research. Beckerle supervises laboratory investigations of cancerous cells, examining normal and abnormal cell behavior. She holds two National Institutes of Health grants and has received a Senior Research Award from the American Cancer Society. She is recognized for developing a cancer-research training program at the University of Utah.

The American Cancer Society presents the Sword of Hope Award annually to individuals or groups that have made exceptional contributions to fighting cancer.

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