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Audesse Award

In 1993, the Massachusetts Society of Clinical Oncologists established an award to recognize outstanding efforts to educate the public about cancer prevention and to enhance and protect the quality of cancer care in Massachusetts. The award was named in honor of Nancy Achin (Sullivan) Audesse, who as State Senator from Lowell, sponsored the legislation mandating that Massachusetts insurers pay for off-label uses of cancer therapy drugs. Ms. Audesse’s clear and unflagging leadership was crucial in successfully passing Senate Bill 1772, Chapter 404. Senator Audesse’s promotion of the bill secured its passage at a time when the climate for new mandates in health insurance coverage was extremely unwelcome. The bill generated intense interest among many groups, and it is a credit to Senator Audesse’s involvement in the process that the original wording of the bill remained virtually intact. Its passage will beneficially impact the quality of life for cancer patients far into the future. 

Nancy Achin Audesse served the patients of Massachusetts in many ways, including her involvement with many non-profit organizations and donating her time and expertise on behalf of cancer patients and their families. 


Survivor Journeys™ is a community-based support network of professionals from diverse clinical and community backgrounds who provide cancer survivors, caregivers, and loved ones unique survivorship services in western Massachusetts and northern Connecticut and beyond.

Past Audesse Award Recipients

Miss Pink  (2020)

Team Cork  (2019)

DetecTogther (formally 15-40 Connection) (2018)

Friends of Mel Foundation  (2017)

Jim Boland  (2016)

The Fly Foundation  (2015)

We Beat Cancer  (2014) 

The Ellie Fund  (2013) 

Joe Andruzzi Foundation  (2012)

and much more!

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Submit a Nomination

Nominations are collected by MSCO general membership and presented to the Board of Directors.

Award nominations are accepted on a continuing basis throughout the year. Nominations received after September 15 of each year will not be considered for that year's award; they will be rolled over for consideration the following year. 

Click here to submit a nomination via our online web form or email your nomination to msco@mms.org.

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