Kim Powell, a breast cancer survivor and long-time Susan G. Komen for the Cure board member, volunteer, advisor and supporter, has been named as a Survivor Patient Advocate with the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). Powell is a nurse practitioner in Missoula.
The AACR's Survivor and Patient Advocacy Program is dedicated to fostering mutually beneficial and enduring partnerships among leaders of the cancer survivor, patient advocacy and scientific communities.
By strengthening communications and developing collaborations among these key constituencies, the program enhances efforts to accelerate progress against cancer. To advance the prevention and cure of the disease, it is critical that advocates and scientists work together to increase funding for cancer research, further participation in clinical trials, improve clinical trial design, and facilitate access to cancer information for the general public. The AACR's department of Survivor and Patient Advocacy strengthens and supports these synergistic collaborations. AACR's program works to unify constituencies around common goals and transcend disciplinary boundaries.
Powell’s involvement will benefit Komen Montana’s efforts to increase involvement in breast cancer treatment clinical trials and improve understanding of the latest research.