napt honors congressman john rutherford

NAPT Honors Congressman John Rutherford with Inaugural Champion Award

The National Association for Proton Therapy (NAPT) awarded its inaugural Champion Award to U.S. Rep. John Rutherford (R-FL) for his steadfast efforts to safeguard patient access to proton therapy.

The Champion Award is reserved for public officials and others who are recognized for legislative and regulatory achievements toward advancing the field of proton therapy and galvanizing support among policymakers. 

“Through his bipartisan efforts to address potential challenges in CMS’ Radiation Oncology Alternative Payment Model, Congressman Rutherford exemplifies dedication to ensuring that advances in radiotherapy remain accessible to those in need,” said NAPT Executive Director Jennifer Maggiore. “His leadership has not only had a significant impact on policy, but also underscores the importance of bipartisan support for the advancement of innovative cancer treatment technologies.”

Joined by NAPT patient advocate and cancer survivor Melissa Breedlove, who was treated at the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute; and Mark Kahrs, a cancer survivor treated at the Ackerman Cancer Center; Rep. Rutherford received the award on April 25 at the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge in Jacksonville, Fla. Read more about the 2024 Excellence Awards.


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