The American Cancer Society has selected Emmy Award-winning actress Katherine Heigl to receive its Celebrating More Birthdays Award at the Variety Power of Women luncheon on October 5, 2012 in Beverly Hills.

Katherine Heigl to receive its Celebrating More Birthdays Award at the Variety Power of Women luncheon

“The American Cancer Society is proud to honor Katherine Heigl for inspiring women as a role model, as a support giver during her mother’s cancer journey, and as a voice celebrating the strength of all women,” said David F. Veneziano, Executive Vice President, American Cancer Society of California. “She models our mission of creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays for everyone.”

Heigl’s public support of her mother’s cancer experience has helped amplify the awareness of cancer related issues and the actions every individual can take to assist those with cancer, and to treat and even prevent the disease.

“The American Cancer Society is proud to honor Katherine Heigl for the support she has given during her mother’s cancer journey. Katherine’s mother, Nancy, has become a role model to her and has inspired her to speak out on behalf of her and other women with cancer,” said David F. Veneziano. “Through the power of support, hope and a determination to fight, she exemplifies our mission of creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays for everyone.”

One in two Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime and with more than three million volunteers fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community, the American Cancer Society works closely with the Entertainment Industry to communicate how to save lives from cancer, and diminish the suffering of those touched by the disease.

For more information about the American Cancer Society’s free community-based patient programs and services, and advocacy and research efforts, visit cancer.org or call 800.227.2345.

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