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North End’s Marc Hymovitz Receives National Staff Leadership Award for Excellence in Cancer-Fighting Public Policy

Marc Hymovitz (center) is joined by ACS CAN leadership, including President Christopher W. Hansen (far left) and Dr. John R. Seffrin (far right) during a ceremony honoring his 2014 receipt of the Alan Mills Award.

Marc Hymovitz, North End resident and Massachusetts Government Relations Director, was awarded the Alan Mills Award by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) for his tireless work to help make cancer a national priority.

The Alan Mills Award recognizes a staff person who has consistently demonstrated leadership and excellence in the area of advocacy and public policy. This award is presented in recognition of an individual’s outstanding contributions and tireless service to ACS CAN.

“Marc is a passionate cancer advocate and his dedication to representing the millions fighting cancer and their families is inspiring,” said Christopher W. Hansen, president of ACS CAN. “We are grateful for Marc’s outstanding contributions.”

Hymovitz has had a long career advocating for ACS CAN’s public policy agenda, starting with the Society’s New England Division in January 2007 and continuing to this day with ACS CAN as the Massachusetts Government Relations Director. During his tenure, Massachusetts has seen an exceptional number of successes in passing cancer fighting and prevention initiatives, particularly in the areas of tobacco control, access to care, and health disparities.

“Marc consistently has driven remarkable results in every criteria associated with this award, from advancing our agenda to distinguishing himself as a lobbyist to demonstrating leadership in building a grassroots army to carry on our life-saving fight,” said Paul Hull, Managing Director, ACS CAN Northern Region.  “Moreover, his unassuming style and grace embody the true spirit of Alan Mills and the award named in his honor,” Hull continued.

“Alan Mills was a tireless advocate for cancer patients.  His commitment to the American Cancer Society was unmatched.  I am honored and humbled to receive this award named in his memory,” said Hymovitz.

On behalf of all families touched by cancer, ACS CAN celebrates Marc Hymovitz’s passion and commitment to work every day to end suffering and death from this disease.

ACS CAN, the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, supports evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem.  ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and candidates to make cancer a top national priority. ACS CAN gives ordinary people extraordinary power to fight cancer with the training and tools they need to make their voices heard. For more information, visit