ACS honors familiar face as Tennessee volunteer of the year

11:23 am | March 25, 2013

If you’re involved in the Carter County Relay For Life, you likely would recognize Kathy Thomason’s familiar and Photo by Brandon Hicks<br />
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Now that recognition goes far beyond the Carter County line.

Thomason’s work with Relay For Life earned her the title of Tennessee Volunteer of the Year from the American Cancer Society Mid-South Division. Thomason received her award during the Carter County Relay For Life meeting on Thursday night.

“I was not expecting it at all,” Thomason said. “It was just speechless. It was a total shock and surprise.”

Thomason, a skin and breast cancer survivor, has been involved with the Carter County Relay for 12 years. She is currently working with team development and was Relay chair last year. She had also worked with promotion and public relations along with several other projects.

She is involved in the annual Relay and Survivor’s Dinner, helps plan a number of fundraisers and is involved in the Reach to Recovery program.

“Kathy is a selfless and dedicated volunteer who not only works tirelessly with Relay For Life of Carter County, but is also a mentor and cheerleader for those newly diagnosed with breast cancer in our community,” said Amy Hopson, community representative for the American Cancer Society. “Kathy works to further the mission in Carter County and throughout the entire region. She has become a lifeline to so many newly diagnosed patients through her involvement in Reach to Recovery.”

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