Cancer caregiver receives National American Cancer Society Award

PHOTO PROVIDED June at center right, receives her award from the National American Cancer Society.

WILLIAMSPORT –June K. Zimmerman, oncology social worker at UPMC Susquehanna’s Cancer Center, was one of six cancer caregivers in the U.S. recently honored with the American Cancer Society (ACS) Lane W. Adams Quality of Life Award at a ceremony in Atlanta.

The Lane W. Adams Award is a prestigious national honor recognizing a caregiver for their leadership in serving the complex needs of cancer patients and their families.

June has worked for UPMC Susquehanna’s Cancer Center for over 25 years and has improved the lives of patients and families too numerous to count. She organizes staff contributions of clothing and household items helping create “June’s Nook” which provides for patients and families in need.  June is the cancer center’s recognized authority on community, state and national programs that provide resources for patients.

A dedicated Relay for Life committee member, she organizes the Survivor Dinner to help give back to her patients. Colleagues say that she will push through any barrier to ensure that people have access to care. Her support groups are well-attended and much appreciated by patients and caregivers because of the important information that is provided and the supportive experience it brings to their lives at a most difficult time.

“June is an extraordinary problem-solver and a compassionate caregiver,” said Michelle Gaida, executive director of Cancer Services at UPMC Susquehanna. “She is a crucial member of our Cancer Care team, and it is an honor for her to be recognized nationally by the American Cancer Society for her efforts to improve the quality of care for cancer patients and their families in our community.”

The Lane W. Adams Quality of Life Award recognizes individuals who consistently exhibit excellence and compassion in providing care to cancer patients, going beyond their duties to make a difference in the life of cancer patients and their families. This award also represents the concept of the “warm hand of service,” which is an integral part of the ACS’s commitment to excellence in cancer care and specifically emphasized by Lane W. Adams when he served as executive vice president of the American Cancer Society. Lane’s definition of the warm hand of service was to “serve others and enrich the purpose of one’s existence.”