Brokaw: Cancer touches many families

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OMAHA, Neb. - Legendary journalist Tom Brokaw says every family in America has been touched by cancer. Brokaw mentioned the deaths of two friends - ABC anchor Peter Jennings and New York Times journalist R.W. Apple - during a news conference Friday at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. "I don't know any family in America who has not had some kind of really unsettling and ultimately difficult experience with cancer," the former "NBC Nightly News" anchorman said.
UNMC's Eppley Cancer Center honored Brokaw Friday night with the Ambassador of Hope Award, given to people who have contributed to the fight against cancer through research, patient care activities or by raising public awareness. Previous recipients include General Norman Schwarzkopf and Sam Donaldson. Center director Kenneth Cowan said Brokaw was chosen for the award because he is well-known and has ties to the Midwest. Brokaw started his broadcast journalism career in Omaha, working at CBS affiliate KMTV from 1962 to 1965. Brokaw commended the center and its supporters for their work fighting cancer. Tickets to the event cost $150, and Cowan said all proceeds will go to cancer research. More than 1.2 million people were diagnosed with cancer in 2002, the last year data was available, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. source

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