The Annual IGCS Distinguished Advocacy Award recognizes advocates and/or advocacy organizations that provide active, dedicated service to patients-survivors, families, caregivers, and communities—at a local, regional, or international level. The Award, reserved for those most persistently engaged in the fight against gynecologic and other cancers,

  • recognizes those currently engaged in activities and projects that tangibly provide benefit to patient-survivor communities
  • highlights best practices and outstanding individuals and organizations in various settings throughout the world
  • inspires others to engage so generously

Annually, IGCS honors up to three individuals and organizations from different regions of the world, and special consideration is given to those who collaborate beyond their community or country of residence. Award recipients will

  • receive complimentary registration to virtually attend the 2021 IGCS Annual Global Meeting (August 30 – September 2)
  • be recognized at the Global Meeting during the Opening Ceremony and during the Survivor-Caregiver Symposium (awardees will be asked to record a 2- minute acceptance speech)
  • receive a plaque in recognition of the Award
  • be highlighted on the Advocacy pages of the IGCS website

Accepting Nominations for 2021

IGCS is currently accepting nominations for its 2021 Distinguished Advocacy Award. The deadline for receipt of nominations for the 2021 Award is May 7, 2021, at 11:59 pm EST. Award recipients will be determined by a Selection Committee with IGCS Council consultation. In selecting award recipients, we will consider global distribution of the award and regional ableness; however, these will not be the primary considerations. We accept self-nominations.

Award recipients must be patients-survivors, family members, caregivers, or other individuals who make outstanding contribution(s) to the patient-survivor community and be engaged in one or more of the following areas:

  • advocating for enhanced cancer awareness and prevention
  • providing or advocating for the delivery of the highest-quality cancer care
  • supporting achievement of the highest quality of life possible (to include support or palliative care)
  • implementing program(s) that support and/or advance health equity
  • collaborating with other advocates and/or advocacy organizations to benefit patients-survivors across geographic boundaries and demographics

Nominees do not have to belong to an established organization but must be active in their own community and/or beyond. In each calendar year, only one person or organization from a region can receive the Award.

If you have questions or need assistance, please email the IGCS Director of Global Outreach and Engagement, Mary (Dicey) Jackson Scroggins at dicey.scroggins@igcs.org.

Previous Recipients