Summer, a student at Alexandria Middle School, is the daughter of Robert and Tina Thompson and is sister to Taylor and Gracie.
The Heroes of Hope program is in its second year. Honorees will serve as spokespeople for the American Cancer Society in their communities. Those selected have triumphed over cancer, made significant volunteer contributions to the American Cancer Society, and made an impact in the lives of others.
"The Heroes of Hope program provides a highly visible symbol of personal victory over the disease, as well as encourages support and participation in the programs of the Society," says Gary Cornelius, an American Cancer Society 2008 Hero of Hope and chair of the 2009 Heroes of Hope program.
The Heroes of Hope represent the courageous struggle of all cancer patients as they deal with the physical and emotional aspects of their experience.
"Hearing their stories makes a statement that progress is being made in cancer research and that there is hope for the future for people who are diagnosed," says Cornelius.
The American Cancer Society saves lives and creates more birthdays by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back. For more information, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.