CR magazine, the AACR’s magazine for cancer survivors, their families and caregivers, congratulates contributing writer Cynthia Ryan, Ph.D., on her Clarion Award-winning article, “Homeless With Cancer,” which was published in CR’s Fall 2010 issue.
The Clarion Awards recognize individuals who exhibit writing excellence. This award is one of three Ryan has received for this article. Others include an award from the Greater Philadelphia Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and a Green Eyeshade Excellence in Journalism Award. Ryan is an associate professor of English at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Ryan’s story captures the daily struggles of homeless individuals who are living with cancer. Ryan documented the lives of patients in Birmingham, Ala., delving into each of their stories, highlighting their cancer diagnoses, feelings of disbelief and distrust in the medical system, lives on the streets, and experiences searching for medical care.
“Dr. Ryan’s story truly captures our mission of educating and communicating to the public critical issues that affect cancer patients today,” said Margaret Foti, Ph.D., M.D. (h.c.), CEO of the American Association for Cancer Research. “Her story shows heart. Not only has it touched the many people who have read it, but it inspired Dr. Ryan to establish a program that helps homeless cancer patients. The fact that CR magazine serves as this kind of catalyst speaks to the essence of what the publication is all about.”
CR was launched in 2006 as a means to create a forum where essential, evidence-based information is shared about cancer and perspectives on the progress of cancer research, survivorship and advocacy are conveyed.
To read Ryan’s story “Homeless With Cancer” in the Fall 2010 issue of CR magazine, visit: www.CRmagazine.org/archive/Fall2010/Pages/HomelessWithCancer.aspx
To listen to CR’s “Cancer on the Streets” audio podcast, visit: www.CRmagazine.org/archive/podcast/pages/CancerontheStreets