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 2017 Monica Warner Award Recipient: Mitch Berger
Mitchell (Mitch) Berger is a pillar of the Capitol Area Carcinoid Survivors (CACS)—a gifted speaker with a vast network of personal and professional contacts. He maintains CACS’ focus on its core mission: offering support, learning from others, and discussing new approaches and resources.
Mitch has been described as a “walking NET encyclopedia”, thanks to his always up-to-date knowledge and ability to articulate complex issues. Despite his own health issues, he’s always open to those needing information and cheer.
He is also a superb organizer. Mitch spends hours arranging speakers, providing input, and giving feedback. He is the face of the CACS to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and to the world’s foremost experts, who are invited to speak at the Bea Lehming Memorial Lecture series. These lectures, which are supported by the CACS and the Carcinoid Cancer Foundation, draw hundreds of participants. To further enrich knowledge about NET in the DC area, Mitch and the CACS have sent chosen physicians to the annual meeting of the North American Neuroendocrine Tumor Society (NANETS). These physicians then address meetings of the CACS, sharing the most recent scientific insights into NET and management of NET.
In nominating Mr Berger for the 2017 Monica Warner Award, numerous members of the CACS credited him with keeping their 20-year old organization hopeful and vibrant. He consults, listens, and actively engages members. He welcomes new members, making them feel like part of the family and restoring their strength. His advice and advocacy have inspired many NET survivors in the DC area.
Past Recipients of the Monica Warner Award
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])