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Present Check for $8,000 to American Cancer Society

While more than 2,500 members of the Daughters of Isis applauded at the recent convention in Denver, Colorado, Imperial Commandress Mrs. Dorothy M. Jenkins-Scott presented a check for $8,000 to a representative of the American Cancer Society for "cancer control work among black Americans." 

Mrs. Alice Davis of Washington, D.C. in accepting the donation noted that as a long time volunteer in health affairs, "I know from experience that our priorities are very often the most basic needs — food, clothing, and housing. So I know that getting across the importance of cancer education takes motivation, time, patience, and money. Thus the Daughters of Isis are to be commended for their pioneering efforts." The organization is the Auxiliary to the Shriners (AEAONMS).

During her two year tenure, Mrs. Jenkins-Scott of Detroit, Michigan, had chosen as the theme of her Charity Project, "Caring and Sharing" with the motto "Uphold One Another." She added to her Imperial Court a new department which focused on aiding the cooperating with the Society and the American Lung Association. Mrs. Gloria J. Ramsey of High Point N.C. was appointed Imperial Directress to carry out the programs.

In September of 1981, the ACS Department of Public Education and the Daughters of Isis, initiated a nationwide cancer education program. Still ongoing, it emphasizes the life saving importance of early detection and its key targets being breast, uterine, and colorectal cancer. 

At the convention, Mrs. Rose Stanback, member of the ACS Advisory Committee on Cancer in Minorities reported on progress in this area since the 1979 Conference on Meeting the Challenge of Cancer Among Black Americans. Among other things she said the ACS minority professionals had increased from 38 to 154 nationwide; a national survey of black American attitudes toward cancer had been commissioned and conducted by a black owned polling firm, new print and audio-visual educational materials have been produced; and several other programs initiated with black American and Hispanic organizations.

A new program of cooperation with the Daughters of Isis and the ACS was also announced at the Denver meeting by Dr. Diane J. Fink, Vice President of the Society's Department of Service and Rehabilitation. This will involve such programs as Reach-to-Recovery for women who've had breast cancer surgery and services such as transportation for cancer patients to and from treatment centers, etc. 

The new Imperial Commandress, Mrs. Idee W. Dodson of Oklahoma City, Okla. has been an ACS volunteer for several years. She said that "Yes, I intend to continue our cooperation with both the Society and the Lung Association. 

Mrs. Ramsey who was elected the Imperial Court Divan in Denver will continue to coordinate the programs.

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[[caption]] At their recent convention in Denver, Colorado, Imperial Commandress of Daughters of Isis, Auxiliary to the Shriners (AEAONMS), Mrs. Dorothy Jenkin-Scott (right) presents check for $8,000 to Mrs. Alice Davis representing the American Cancer Society, for cancer control work among black Americans. [[/caption]]

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[[caption]] Officials of the Daughters of Isis, Auxiliary of the Shriners (AEAONMS), representatives of the American Cancer Society at the Order's recent convention in Denver, Colorado, after ceremony in which the Daughters presented the ACS with $8,000 for cancer control work among black Americans. Left to right are Mrs. Betty B. Parham, Deputy Imperial Directress, Department Cancer and Lung Disease; Mrs. Gloria J. Ramsey, Imperial Directress, Mrs. Rosa Stanback, Member ACS National Advisory Committee on Cancer in Minorities; Mrs. Agnes Dixon, Executive Assistant to  the ACS Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs; Mrs. Dorothy Jenkins Scott, Imperial Commandress; and Mrs. Alice Davis, Member ACS Advisory Committee. [[/caption]]

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