American Cancer Society honors Miamian for outstanding service

The American Cancer Society recently bestowed its most prestigious volunteer recognition, the St. George National Award, on Lilliam Machado, a longtime volunteer and board member in Miami.

Machado is one of 27 inspirational individuals across the country who received the American Cancer Society’s St. George National Award for outstanding service to the community in support of the society’s mission to finish the fight against cancer. Recipients were chosen based on ongoing leadership, time commitment, and dedication to areas such as fundraising, mission delivery, patient support, legislative advocacy, and event engagement.

“Lilliam has passionately supported the American Cancer Society’s mission for over 25 years,” said Tracey Paige, field vice president for the South Region. “She has impacted every signature program helping to improve the quality of life from the very young to the elderly. She has been, and continues to be, one of our strongest advocates in the fight against cancer.”

All nominees for this award have dedicated at least six years of their time to helping finish the fight against cancer and creating a world with more birthdays. They all have contributed significantly to advancing the society’s mission, strategic goals and programs. Since conceived in 1949 by Dr. Charles S. Cameron, former society medical and scientific director, the St. George award has been presented annually to society volunteers nationwide.

“The American Cancer Society is proud to recognize and honor these volunteers for their dedication to the fight against cancer,” said Vincent T. DeVita Jr., MD, volunteer president of the American Cancer Society.

“The St. George National Award recipients and the society share a common goal of making this cancer’s last century,” he added.

“I feel extremely honored to be receiving the St. George award and I thank God for showing me the path in my life to be a volunteer,” Machado said. “I consider this a blessing in my life, and I chose the right organization in the American Cancer Society.”


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