DEARBORN - Nick Smither, Ford group vice president and chief information officer, received a 2011 Heroes of Breast Cancer Leadership Award from the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.
The awards recognize those who have demonstrated leadership in raising awareness through education, research and the promotion of early detection of breast cancer.
As corporate champion of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Smither has galvanized thousands from the Ford community, and through his example, drives others to help end breast cancer.
"I am honored to be recognized with the Leadership award. However, the real heroes are our fantastic Ford team, survivors and volunteers who show up in increasing numbers each year to support the fight against breast cancer, " said Smither.
Since 1995, the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute has recognized individuals, corporations and organizations for their demonstrated leadership in raising awareness of breast cancer through education, research and the promotion of breast cancer early detection, treatment and stories of survivorship.
The recognition event was held Tuesday, Oct. 11, at The Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit. Smither was unable to attend as he was traveling outside the U.S. on Ford business; however, he thanked the Karmanos organization via video, which was shown at the event.
"Ford Motor Company has been honored by Karmanos previously for their corporate support, but we wanted to recognize Nick Smither for his ability to energize and galvanize an organization, and through his example, drive others to help end breast cancer forever," said Maureen Meldrum, director, Breast Cancer Special Programs, Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.
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