(KINGSPORT, Tenn.) The Tennessee Cancer Coalition (TC2) announces that Sen. Becky Duncan Massey (R-TN 6th District) is the 2013 recipient of its annual “Legislator of the Year” Award. The TC2 initiated the award to honor state legislators for their strong advocacy on behalf of cancer prevention and control policies designed to reduce the burden of cancer in Tennessee.
Senator Massey was elected to Tennessee’s 6th Senatorial District in a special election in November 2011. During her first legislative session, she was successful in passing legislation concerning job tax credits for companies that employee the disabled; offenses for impersonating an armed forces member; utility district vacancies; and 911 notification just to name a few. She was appointed to serve on the Senate Government Operations, Transportation and the Health and Welfare Committees. She was appointed Chair of the Senate Calendar Committee for the 108th Tennessee General Assembly. She was also elected to serve as Secretary for the Senate Republican Caucus. As part of her responsibilities on the Senate Health and Welfare Committee Sen. Massey reviews and supports legislation pertaining to cancer prevention and control.
According to TC2 Co-Chair Jason Searcy, Director of Oncology Services at Wellmont Health System, “In her short time in the Tennessee General Assembly, Sen. Massey has shown a real passion for increasing access to cancer care for all Tennesseans. She was instrumental in maintaining funding for the Tennessee Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Project. She also has a true zest for service as evidenced by her tenure on the board of directors of the Akima Club of Knoxville, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Overlook Center and the Sertoma Center. The Tennessee Cancer Coalition looks forward to continuing to work with Chairman Massey and other members of the Tennessee General Assembly committed to making a positive difference in the lives of cancer patients, survivors and caregivers across Tennessee.”
The Tennessee Cancer Coalition is comprised of cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, researchers and other advocates and exists to wage a unified fight against cancer across Tennessee. Working with the Tennessee Cancer Registry, TC2 has developed a data-driven, integrated and coordinated approach to reducing cancer incidence, mortality, and morbidity and to improving the quality of life for those affected by cancer in Tennessee. To find more information about TC2 or to join please go to www.tncancercoalition.org