Komen OC Advocates Honored

Anyone who has dealt with a cancer diagnosis understands the importance of a friend who will be your rock of support. That’s why the Orange County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure decided to honor co-survivors this year by naming a Most Inspirational Breast Cancer Co-Survivor. The award recognizes the family, friend, healthcare provider or colleague who is there to lend support from diagnosis through treatment and beyond.

Jane Ka’ala Pang was named the Affiliate’s first Most Inspirational Breast Cancer Co-Survivor. Pang was nominated by her husband, breast cancer survivor Victor Pang.  Jane has been her husband’s personal navigator through his cancer treatment, balancing his medical needs with family responsibilities and her career as a nurse at a rehabilitation center. Jane has also been active in Orange County as an advocate and resource for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders facing the challenges of cancer. Victor thanked Jane for her “passion and dedication to my health.”

Marcie Smith, advocate

Marcie Smith has honored by Komen Orange County as the Outstanding Breast Health Advocate.  The award honors a non-survivor who has gone above and beyond his or her job description, who volunteers to make a difference in the lives of breast cancer survivors and who educates the community. Marcie is an advanced nurse practioner at MemorialCare Breast Center and has dedicated her career to ensuring that women have access to quality breast health care. She has been involved with Komen for the Cure for over 20 years. Marcie was described as “saving women’s lives one by one over 20 years and (she) continues to be a warrior advocate for breast cancer patients with a laser focus on their individual care and needs.”

Congratulations to these tireless friends and advocates.

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