Welcome to the Monica Warner Award
The Monica Warner award was established in 2009 by Novartis to commemorate the life and work of Monica Warner as a driving force in the neuroendocrine tumor (NET) community. As a nutritionist, Monica was dedicated to addressing the dietary needs of carcinoid patients. Her deep empathy for NET patients and her passion to serve the community throughout her lifetime made her a true everyday NET hero.
About Monica Warner
A pioneer in NET patient support
Monica Warner was a dedicated and passionate supporter of patients and caregivers throughout her lifetime. As a nutritionist, she worked closely with the NET community, engaging with patients, family caregivers, and physicians. Her deep empathy and passion to serve patients who have neuroendocrine tumors drove her to foster and organize lasting resources and support groups that continue to help people today. Monica served as Director of Development and Research Coordinator for the Carcinoid Cancer Foundation (CCF) in White Plains, New York. She was also a member of the foundation’s Board of Directors. Monica truly embodied what it means to be an everyday NET hero.
About the Award
A lasting tribute to Monica Warner
To commemorate the life and work of Monica Warner—who passed away in August 2009—Novartis Oncology established the Monica Warner Award. This award is presented annually by Novartis Oncology to honor the patient, supporter, or caregiver who most embodies the passion, dedication, leadership, and spirit with which Monica Warner assisted patients, caregivers, and families affected by NET. She was a person who inspired the NET community through her passionate involvement.
The 2018 Monica Warner Award Recipient: Susan Meckler Sylvan
Susan Meckler Sylvan is a dedicated leader within the neuroendocrine tumor (NET) community who has devoted herself to setting up and administering several online Facebook support groups for patients, caregivers, and those who have lost loved ones to neuroendocrine cancers of all types. Having lost her husband Larry to high-grade aggressive neuroendocrine carcinoma several years ago, she understands firsthand the importance of having access to accurate information and a support network.
Susan has a background in nursing, is well-versed in NET, and uses her medical knowledge to educate others. She provides one-on-one support to patients and caregivers daily by phone and private messaging, researches other support groups, doctors, and hospitals, and attends conferences and seminars to continue learning the best ways to educate and advise members of the NET community. Susan also leads the Georgia Neuroendocrine Tumor Support Group (MACAG), which increases neuroendocrine awareness within the Metro Atlanta Area and the state of Georgia, and allows those who have been diagnosed with carcinoid and other neuroendocrine cancers to meet each other and exchange information. Through her online support groups and MACAG, Susan has turned her grief into action, providing invaluable knowledge, advice, and emotional support to those affected by the disease.
Susan’s commitment to the NET community is rivaled only by her notoriously silly and adorable golden retriever, Minkah, and their shared Crimson Tide enthusiasm. Minkah, an active member of the support groups, regularly brings smiles to people’s faces on even the toughest days.
In nominating Susan for the 2018 Monica Warner Award, members of the Facebook groups she administers expressed an overwhelming sense of appreciation, admiration, and respect for the work that she does on behalf of the NET community. Her compassion and selfless dedication to NET patients and caregivers is evident and deserving of recognition.
Past Recipients of the Monica Warner Award
2017: Mitch Berger—Carcinoid Cancer Foundation, Neuroendocrine Cancer Awareness Network, NET Research Foundation, and Healing NET Foundation
2016: Giovanna Joyce Imbesi—Los Angeles Carcinoid Neuroendocrine Cancer Tumor Society (LACNETS)
2015: Josh Mailman—Northern California (NorCal) CarciNET Community
2014: Grace Goldstein—Carcinoid Cancer Foundation (CCF)
2013: Jim Weiveris—New Jersey Carcinoid Cancer NETwork and CCF
2012: “Sunny” Susan L. Anderson—CCF
2011: Jan Naritomi-Hart—Support Education Awareness 4 (SEA4) Carcinoid
2010: Maryann Wahmann—Neuroendocrine Cancer Awareness Network (NCAN) (formerly Carcinoid Cancer Awareness Network [NCAN])