As tribute to his late wife, Gardiner man dedicates self to help those with cancer

AUGUSTA — David Clark, of Gardiner, recently was presented with the Sandra C. Labaree Award by the New England Division of the American Cancer Society. He was one of five Maine residents to receive the award. This volunteer award is the most honored accolade by the New England Division, according to a news release from the cancer society.

As a tribute to the memory of his wife who fought a long battle with cancer, he has dedicated himself to helping cancer patients — and he does that through the society’s Road to Recovery program. Since 2011, Clark has driven approximately 30,000 miles bringing cancer patients to and from treatment appointments. These are patients that had no other transportation and would have had to cancel these lifesaving treatments. In 2014 alone, he drove more 10,500 miles, including several trips from the Augusta area to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

The four other 2015 recipients include Jessica Sargent, of Brewer; Mallory Schwebel, of Norway; Peggy Belanger, of Old Orchard Beach; and Marianne Moore, of Calais, according to a news release from the society.

The Sandra C. Labaree Volunteer Values Award recognizes and honors those volunteers whose actions and service in the fight against cancer most exemplify the society’s organizational values. These awards are very special reminders of the power volunteers have to save lives and reduce suffering from cancer. They are also imbued with special meaning because they are named in honor of the late Sandra C. Labaree, a society volunteer from Damariscotta, and founding member of the New England Division Board.

For more information, visit www.cancer.org or call 800-227-2345. To learn more about the Relay For Life of Greater Augusta, visit www.relayforlife.org/augustame.