For the Tribune
The American Cancer Society’s Mid-South Division recently named Amy Kuhn, of Trussville, a “Hero of Hope.” Kuhn is one of 17 cancer survivors and caregivers from the Mid-South states of Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee to be recognized.
The Heroes of Hope program is in its fifth year. Honorees will serve as spokespeople for the American Cancer Society in their communities. Those selected have triumphed over cancer or cared for loved ones, made significant volunteer contributions to the American Cancer Society, and made an impact in the lives of others
Kuhn is a 10-year cancer survivor. Diagnosed with Burkitts Lymphoma at 16, Kuhn says cancer affected every part of her life. Since then, she has volunteered steadily.
“Ever since I was diagnosed, I have always wanted to help people take their experience and gain something positive from it,” said Kuhn.
Most recently, Kuhn served as activities chair for the Relay for Life local races. She does this as a way to give back.
“Ten years prior to my diagnosis in 2002, there was not a treatment for my type of cancer. When I was diagnosed there was a treatment thanks to the fundraising efforts of events like Relay for Life,” she said.
Heroes of Hope provide a highly visible symbol of personal victory over the disease, plus encourage support and participation in the programs of the Society. The Heroes of Hope represent the courageous struggle of all cancer patients as they deal with the physical and emotional aspects of their experience.