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December 12, 2013

Methuen woman to receiveCam Neely Award for Courage

METHUEN — Four-time cancer survivor Allison Hawkes, a 2012 Methuen High School graduate, will be awarded the Cam Neely Award for Courage at a Tufts Medical Center benefit early next year.

Hawkes, 19, has been a patient at Tufts Medical Center’s Floating Hospital for Children since she was 6, when she was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma. After 18 months of an intensive treatment regimen of chemotherapy, radiation, surgery to remove the tumor and multiple stem cell transplants, her cancer went into remission.

But it relapsed when she turned 11, and she received a high dose of chemotherapy for the next three and half years, putting her cancer into remission once again.

At 16, her cancer relapsed for a second time and through aggressive treatment, Hawkes was able to beat neuroblastoma for the third time.

In the summer of 2012, as she was about to enter Wheelock College, she was diagnosed with a new cancer: Osteosarcoma, a bone cancer, in her leg. After spending the past year battling the cancer, Hawkes started her freshman year cancer free at Wheelock, where she is studying early childhood education. Her continued determination entirely embodies the spirit of the Cam Neely Award for Courage.

The award, which is named for the NHL Hall of Famer, president of the Boston Bruins and Founder of The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care, honors individuals who courageously battle cancer or other serious diseases or caregivers who have selflessly provided comfort to those with such illnesses.

Tufts Medical Center created this award in 2012 to celebrate The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care’s transformative generosity to the Medical Center. The Foundation has given more than $27 million to the Medical Center throughout their 18-year partnership.

Tufts Medical Center’s annual Working Wonders fund raising benefit will be held on March 26 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. The signature fundraising event will feature awards and a live auction to support compassionate care, leading-edge research and Tufts Medical Center’s commitment to treat all of their patients as if they are a part of their family.

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