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Monica Warner Award RECOGNIZING THOSE WHO INSPIRE THE NET COMMUNITY Brought to you by Novartis Oncology

THE 2017 MONICA WARNER AWARD RECIPIENT: MITCH BERGER

Mitch Berger is a pillar of the Capitol Area Carcinoid Survivors (CACS)—a gifted speaker with a vast network of personal and professional contacts. He maintains CACS' focus on its core mission: offering support, learning from others, and discussing new approaches and resources.

Mitch has been described as a "walking NET encyclopedia", thanks to his always up-to-date knowledge and ability to articulate complex issues. Despite his own health issues, he′s always open to those needing information and cheer.

He is also a superb organizer. Mitch spends hours arranging speakers, providing input and feedback. He is the face of the CACS to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and to the world′s foremost experts who are invited to speak at the Bea Lehming Memorial Lecture series. These lectures, which are supported by the CACS and the Carcinoid Cancer Foundation, draw hundreds of participants. To further enrich knowledge about neuroendocrine tumors (NET) in the DC area, Mitch and the CACS have sent chosen physicians to the annual meeting of the North American Neuroendocrine Tumor Society (NANETS). These physicians then address meetings of the CACS, sharing the most recent scientific insights on NET and their management.

In nominating Mr. Berger for the 2017 Monica Warner Award, numerous members of the CACS credited him with keeping their 20-year old organization hopeful and vibrant. He consults, listens, and actively engages members. He welcomes new members, making them feel like part of the family, and restoring their strength. His advice and advocacy has inspired many NET survivors in the DC area.

PAST RECIPIENTS OF THE MONICA WARNER AWARD

  1. 2016: Giovanna Joyce Imbesi - Los Angeles Carcinoid Neuroendocrine Cancer Tumor Society (LACNETS)
  2. 2015: Josh Mailman - Northern California (NorCal) CarciNET Community
  3. 2014: Grace Goldstein - Carcinoid Cancer Foundation (CCF)
  4. 2013: Jim Weiveris - New Jersey Carcinoid Cancer NETwork and CCF
  5. 2012: ″Sunny″ Susan L. Anderson - CCF
  6. 2011: Jan Naritomi-Hart - Support Education Awareness 4 (SEA4) Carcinoid
  7. 2010: Maryann Wahmann - Neuroendocrine Cancer Awareness Network (NCAN)/formerly Carcinoid Cancer Awareness Network (CCAN)