RUSK — The American Cancer Society presented a Texas Advocacy Award to State Representative Chuck Hopson Tuesday for his support of cancer-related legislation during the Texas Legislature’s 2005 regular session. Hopson received the award during the Relay for Life Kick Off event in Rusk.

“Year after year, Representative Hopson has been a champion for legislation that will help Texas make progress in the fight against cancer,” said American Cancer Society advocacy volunteer, Cynthia Kline.

Hopson earned the award for the 2005 session because of his work to provide funding for the Texas Cancer Registry and for his support of tobacco prevention and cessation programs.

The Texas Cancer Registry is the collection point for cancer data in Texas.

“With Representative Hopson’s help, the Texas Cancer Registry will finally have the funding it needs to function as intended,” said Cam Scott, Director of Field Government Relations of the American Cancer Society.

“In presenting this award, we acknowledge that the fight against cancer goes on even in the halls of government,” said American Cancer Society Regional Executive Director Linda Richey. “Thankfully, Representative Hopson has shown that he is willing to use his position in Austin to help us carry on the fight.”

The American Cancer Society presents its Texas Advocacy Awards once every two years, after each regular session of the Texas Legislature. The award is given to legislators who provide significant support for legislation that has been determined to help achieve the goal of eliminating cancer as a major health problem.

For more information anytime on the American Cancer Society, call toll free 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

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