Local cancer campaigner acknowledged

Thursday 20 November, 2008

The Cancer Council Victoria announced Dr Ian Roos as the winner of its prestigious President's Award in a ceremony at the Melbourne Museum today to celebrate and thank supporters.

The Cancer Council President's Award is given annually to a community member who has made an outstanding contribution to cancer control in Victoria.

Mr Roos was named the 2008 winner in recognition of a lifetime of outstanding service through cancer research, advocacy and volunteer work.

Cancer Council Victoria Director, Professor David Hill, said Dr Roos' dedication and commitment had made a substantial impact in the fight against cancer, including his research into anti-cancer drugs.

"Dr Roos has devoted much of his life to cancer research, advocacy and support programs for people with cancer, and even after his own prostate cancer diagnosis, continued in his various roles to increase support services for people affected by cancer," Professor Hill said.

"Dr Roos has become the chair of Cancer Voices Victoria, an organisation which aims to both advocate and support cancer patients. He also became a Cancer Connect volunteer at the Cancer Council and has helped numerous Victorians through their cancer journey," he said.

Dr Roos has had a vibrant career, not only in medical research, but also in academia at both the University of Melbourne and Monash University. He is also a member of the Ministerial Task Force on cancer, as well as chair of the National Cancer Nursing project.

"It's a honour to receive the Cancer Council's President's Award, and being a Cancer Connect volunteer has reinforced the important role the Cancer Council plays not only in research and education, but also in supporting Victorians during their greatest time of need," Dr Roos said.

"Since my own cancer diagnosis, I've been given a unique insight into the type of support needed by patients, and it has reinforced my desire to advocate on the behalf of cancer patients and their families," Dr Roos said.

The President's Award was announced at the Cancer Council's annual Thank You Function, which recognises the enormous contribution volunteers make to the organisation. Many key fundraising supporters were also acknowledged for their hard work and dedication to the Cancer Council.

For information on how you can join the fight against cancer, call 1300 65 65 85, or visit www.cancervic.org.au.