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Enzi awarded Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s top congressional honor

Senator receives award for working to accelerate cures for blood cancers

April 10, 2008

WASHINGTON – The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society honored U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., for his work to further blood cancer research and awareness Tuesday night by awarding him with the 2008 Congressional Honors award.  The award is the society’s top recognition for lawmakers and is given to one senator and one representative each year.

“I am honored to be a recipient of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2008 Congressional Honors award,” Enzi said.  “Last year, I lost a great friend, Senator Craig Thomas, to blood cancer, and that is always a reminder for me that even though we’re doing great work, we can do better.  There is much more to be done.”

At the reception, the society honored the late Senator Thomas, who passed away last June after battling leukemia.  A video tribute highlighted scenes from his life and also featured words of remembrance and hope by his wife Susan Thomas, who also attended the reception.  Following the tribute to Thomas, Dr. Jim Davis, a member of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s national board of directors, presented Enzi with his award.

Enzi is the Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee.  The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services.  The House winner of the society’s 2008 Congressional Honors award was Representative Doris Matsui, D-Calif.