Sue Merrill Spirit of Survivorship Award

The Sue Merrill Spirit of Survivorship Award is named in honor of Corvallis resident Susan Merrill, a nurse and breast cancer survivor, and the founder of Project H.E.R.

Sue retired from The Corvallis Clinic in 1996, when she learned that she had breast cancer. A year later, Sue returned to The Clinic and turned her professional nursing and personal experience into an avocation by becoming the Breast Cancer Coordinator for any patient in our community diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2003, Sue realized she couldnʼt do it alone. In order to reach out to the entire region, she needed others. Thus, Project H.E.R. was created, to extend Sueʼs efforts. In 2006, she started offering self-breast exam classes, which she still teaches today.

Award Criteria

Any oncology patient, healthcare professional, or community individual is an eligible nominee if they have served Benton, Linn, and Lincoln county cancer patients in some special way. The winner does not need to be a breast cancer survivor only that they have made a significant and sustaining contribution in cancer care and survivorship, and whose contributed efforts are altruistic in nature and not for financial gain.

Deadline is October 24, 2016