In 2010, CancerForward created its Forward Mover recognition program as a way to honor men and women who as both civic leaders and cancer survivors serve as role models to other cancer survivors seeking successful rehabilitation. They are high achievers and citizens who give back. Their life choices to move forward inspire others. The award program serves as community acknowledgment that all cancer survivors need reassuring support, even those who have survived as many as 40 years. The honorees remind us that from the moment of diagnosis forward, everyone in the cancer care continuum benefits from experiential exchanges about the cancer experience.
An oft-overlooked population among the cancer survivor community are caregivers to survivors, who by definition can include a survivor’s family members, friends or professional medical team.
CancerForward’s mission of connecting, educating, sharing and empowering extends to caregivers, and it is in that vein we in 2012 established The H. Rudy Teichman Anchor of Strength Award — to shine light on those who attend the physical, emotional, and practical needs of diagnosed survivors. The award honors the memory of Texas industrialist H. Rudy Teichman, who journeyed through pancreatic cancer in the continual care of his family.