Robin Roberts Recieves 2008 Wistar Institute President's Award

Robin Roberts Recieves 2008 Wistar Institute President's Award

September 25, 2008

(PHILADELPHIA – September 26, 2008) – Co-anchor of ABC News’ “Good Morning America” Robin Roberts today received the Wistar Institute President’s Award on Friday, September 26.

The President’s Award recognizes a public figure who has been personally touched by cancer, and who advocates for improvements in cancer education and research. Roberts is a breast cancer survivor and passionate spokesperson for early detection.

Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. Using her public platform to educate people about the disease, Roberts shared her personal story with “Good Morning America’s” 4.5 million viewers and countless others. She publicly chronicled her fight against breast cancer and continues to actively advocate, keeping cancer education and cancer research on the national agenda. In her New York Times bestselling motivational book, “From the Heart: Eight Rules to Live By,” Roberts expresses the importance of early detection. 

Roberts is an Emmy award-winning newscaster and currently part of the only female co-anchor duo in the history of morning television with colleague Diane Sawyer.  Roberts has interviewed notables including President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush, Sen. Barack Obama, and Sen. Hillary Clinton.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States and the second leading cause of cancer death in women worldwide. Advances in cancer research have increased survival rates; when breast cancer is caught early, the five-year survival rate is 90 percent.

The President’s Award luncheon acknowledges the Institute’s most generous supporters. Russel E. Kaufman, M.D., president and CEO of The Wistar Institute established the President’s Award and the luncheon in 2004.

Previous honorees of the Wistar Institute President’s Award include U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, and ABC news correspondent Sam Donaldson.

Roberts received the award at a 12:30 p.m. luncheon at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 19 South 22nd Street, Philadelphia.

The Wistar Institute is an international leader in biomedical research with special expertise in cancer research and vaccine development. Founded in 1892 as the first independent nonprofit biomedical research institute in the country, Wistar has long held the prestigious Cancer Center designation from the National Cancer Institute. The Institute works actively to ensure that research advances move from the laboratory to the clinic as quickly as possible. The Wistar Institute: Today’s Discoveries – Tomorrow’s Cures. On the Web at