Lance Armstrong Foundation Honors LegalHealth with Prestigious E. Lee Walker Award

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The Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) presented the E. Lee Walker Imagination Award to NYLAG’s LegalHealth Unit in recognition of its nationally significant work to improve the quality of life, access to healthcare, and financial situations of vulnerable cancer patients. The award acknowledges LegalHealth for developing a national network of legal service providers for individuals with cancer as well as providing direct legal services to lowincome cancer victims.

“We are honored to be a recipient of the E. Lee Walker Award and look forward to continuing our collaboration with the Lance Armstrong Foundation to educate and empower people affected by cancer,” said Randye Retkin, Director of LegalHealth. “With the Foundation’s help, this program has the potential to enrich the national cancer survivorship movement by creating a community through which the unmet legal needs of people with cancer are met with the best possible solutions and care,” Retkin explained.

The E. Lee Walker Award was designed to recognize innovation in cancer survivorship-related programs and research. The award is named in honor of the former Chairman of the LAF Board of Directors. Along with the award comes a one-time $10,000 supplement to LegalHealth’s current Community Program grant from the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

Through this award, the Lance Armstrong Foundation highlights LegalHealth’s progress in working to connect organiza- Lance Armstrong Foundation Honors LegalHealth with Prestigious E. Lee Walker Award tions across the country that serve the legal needs of people with cancer. This network provides a forum for organizations to interact and exchange information regarding resources and best practices. Additionally, it allows organizations to optimize their service methods in addressing complicated legal issues for cancer patients. It also serves as a clearinghouse for current and reliable information. Finally, it is a support center for cancer organizations who plan on starting legal programs.