Journalist Sam Donaldson to Receive First Annual

Journalist Sam Donaldson to Receive First Annual

September 29, 2004

(PHILADELPHIA—September 30, 2004)—Journalist Sam Donaldson will receive the first annual Wistar Institute President’s Award on Wednesday, October 6, at a luncheon at The Wistar Institute. The award has been created to honor a public figure who has not only confronted cancer but also served as an advocate for improvements in cancer education and research funding. Donaldson, a melanoma survivor, is being honored for his cancer advocacy efforts.

ABC news correspondent Donaldson is a 37-year veteran with that network and has served two appointments as chief White House correspondent, covering the Carter, Reagan, and Clinton administrations. He also co-anchored “PrimeTime Live” with Diane Sawyer until it merged with “20/20” in 1999. He has received numerous major awards for his journalism, including four Emmy Awards, a George Foster Peabody Award, and the Broadcaster of the Year Award from the National Press Foundation.

He is on the board of Research!America to support research into cancer treatment and prevention, participates in the National Cancer Coalition Dialogue, which brings cancer groups together to promote research and treatment, and volunteers with many other charities.

Speakers at the awards luncheon will include Russel E. Kaufman, M.D., president and CEO of The Wistar Institute, and former Pennsylvania Governor Mark Schweiker, now president and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. Following the luncheon, Donaldson will tour a melanoma research laboratory at The Wistar Institute headed by professor Meenhard Herlyn, D.V.M., D.Sc.

The Wistar Institute is an independent nonprofit biomedical research institution dedicated to discovering the causes and cures for major diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disorders, and infectious diseases. Founded in 1892 as the first institution of its kind in the nation, The Wistar Institute today is a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center — one of only eight focused on basic research.