The American Cancer Society has honored Lamarr Graves of Corpus Christi, Texas with the Terese Lasser Memorial Award, the highest national award for service in the Reach to Recovery®program. The Terese Lasser Memorial Award is presented annually by each state in the High Plains Division and Hawaii Pacific Corporation to volunteers in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the Reach to Recovery Program.

The award was developed to recognize exceptional achievement, performance and dedication to the American Cancer Society’s Reach to Recovery program. It honors the memory of Terese Lasser, who started the program in 1952 after her own battle with breast cancer. Reach to Recovery volunteers are breast cancer survivors who are trained to help breast cancer patients and their families.

Graves has volunteered for the Reach to Recovery program for over ten years. Lamarr is actively involved with our Breast Health Committee and also does some of the prosthesis fittings. She has been such an amazing volunteer and has shared her journey and heart with everyone she meets.

In 1969, Reach to Recovery was adopted by the American Cancer Society as one of its nationwide programs. Volunteers meet with patients face-to-face or over the phone to provide support. Patients may request a visit at any point in the breast cancer experience, or a physician may recommend the visit. To learn more about this free program or to volunteer, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit