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The Utah Division of the American Cancer Society reached more people and raised the most money in its history during the past year.

That was the news Mike D. Murdock, executive vice president of the Utah division, shared with more than 300 ACS volunteers Friday at an awards banquet at the Olympic Hotel in Park City."We couldn't have been any happier with the accomplishments that have been made across the board," said Murdock. "We salute the volunteers and the staff for what was done this past year."

Among the major accomplishments cited by Murdock were the election of Dr. Harmon Eyre, University of Utah hematology oncologist, as national president of the American Cancer Society, raising more than $1 million in donations and receiving the Gold Award in public education for having reached 15 percent of the adult population and 60 percent of the youth population in Utah with ACS programs.

In another historic first, the Utah division was the recipient of the largest single legacy donation ever - $225,000 designated for use only within the state.

"We have had a banner year," Murdock said. "Our top priorities in the new year will be building on that success by strengthening our unit operations. Continued success is dependent on having good, strong unit organizations. We will work closely with you to build that grass roots support."

Kathy Axelgard, Price, received the Charles R. Smart award for volunteer excellence. The award is given based on years of service, networking and leadership abilities, commitment to excellence and creativity in meeting ACS unit goals. Axelgard, president of the Carbon County unit, successfully orchestrated a number of ACS fund-raising programs in Carbon County. She also developed a speaker's bureau and education packets used at all schools in her area.

The Morgan County unit received the grand champion award for exceeding goals in all ACS program areas. The Salt Lake district unit was named as the top district in overall performance.

Also, awards were given to units in population-size categories who met goals or performance standards in each of the ACS program areas during 1987-88.

Units honored for meeting or exceeding donation goals during the ACS crusade campaign were: Salt Lake, Brighton, Carbon County, Davis, Centerville, Farmington, Morgan and Wendover.

Units honored for reaching 15 percent of the adult population and 60 percent of the youth population through public education programs were: Salt Lake, South Valley, Weber, Roy, Spanish Fork, Salem, Morgan, Sanpete and Gunnison.

Units honored for reaching 35 percent of the cancer patients in their area through service and rehabilitation programs were: Salt Lake, Ochre View, Washington, Weber, Northwest Weber, Duchense East, Wayne and Piute.

Units honored for achieving increased coverage in the news media and through specific promotions were: Salt Lake, South Valley, Carbon, Davis, Kaysville, Fruit Heights, Duchesne East and Sanpete, Gunnison.

Units honored for reaching 50 percent of the medical professionals in their area were: Weber, East Ogden, Washington, Iron County South, Juab and Sevier South.