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April 2002 Volume 4, Issue 10:
GALA 2002 HONOREE: Daniel E. Smith
The IMF is pleased to honor Daniel E. Smith at the Ribbon of Hope-Making a World of Difference 12th Anniversary Gala, to be held at The Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C. on October 5th, 2002.

Mr. Smith is the National Vice President of federal and state government relations for the American Cancer Society (ACS). He is responsible for coordinating the development and execution of strategic federal and state advocacy programs and practices on behalf of the ACS's two million volunteers and 28 million donors.

Prior to joining the ACS, Mr. Smith worked for 10 years in the U.S. Senate where he held several senior staff positions in the office of Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa, including four years as Chief of Staff. Mr. Smith also served as Minority Staff Director for the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. Mr. Smith was responsible for drafting major pieces of legislation and building a consensus around a variety of issues with other members of Congress, the White House, federal regulatory agencies, and constituents. He also has extensive experience in a number of Presidential, Senatorial, and Congressional campaigns including Gore 1988 and State Director for Clinton/Gore in 1992.

Based in Washington, D.C., Mr. Smith leads the ACS?s advocacy team in the development and implementation of the Society?s key legislative priorities:

  1. Increase Investments For Cancer Research and Application Programs.

  2. Increase Access to Cancer Care, Prevention, and Awareness Programs.

  3. Reduce Health Disparities Among Minorities and the Medically Underserved.

  4. Reduce And Prevent Suffering from Tobacco-Related Illness.

Mr. Smith is also the founder of One Voice Against Cancer (OVAC), a collaboration of over 40 cancer and public health organizations representing more than 15 million Americans. OVAC delivers a unified message to Congress and the White House on the need for increased cancer-related appropriations.

OVAC began in January 2000 as a working group of public interest organizations dedicated to ensuring that the federal government provides the necessary investments for cancer research and application programs. It has since grown into an effective lobby coalition on cancer funding that has enabled the cancer community to enhance policymakers' awareness of the need for substantial increases in essential cancer programs. Lawmakers and federal agencies are asked also to focus efforts on research and outreach into ethnic minority and other undeserved populations, many of which have a higher risk and mortality from various forms of cancer.

OVAC's united front enhances each organization?s ability to attain the funding levels necessary to win the war on cancer and to equip those facing cancer with the tools they need to fight this deadly disease. OVAC commits its participating organizations to cooperative efforts that increase understanding of the need for both cancer research and application programs. At the same time, OVAC empowers its volunteers and those touched by cancer to deliver this message creatively and powerfully to policymakers.

A native of Iowa, Mr. Smith graduated from the University of Iowa with highest distinction. He received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.

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