By Lookout Staff
October 16, 2017 -- A Santa Monica doctor and author who specializes in women's health and an activist who has used social media to empower breast cancer survivors will receive annual awards from The John Wayne Cancer Institute this month.
Sheryl A. Ross MD, aka "Dr. Sherry," an award-winning OBGYN, entrepreneur, author and women's health expert, is this year's Angel Award honoree.
Ross, who has been practicing OB/GYN for 25 years in Santa Monica, is the author of "she-ology: The Definitive Guide to Women's Intimate Health. Period."
"Dr. Sherry's mission is to change the narrative of how women talk and learn about their intimate health and overall well-being," Institute officials said.
Paige More, who formed a support group called Breasties after undergoing a preventative double mastectomy, is this year's recipient of the Public Service Award. Paige, who was 24 years old, used social media to document her experience and raise awareness, officials said.
"Through social media, she rallied a community of fearless young women who have been affected by breast cancer," Institute officials said.
"She has organized events around the country to empower each other in a loving and supportive environment, without having to go to a formal clinical setting."
The John Wayne Cancer Institute, which conducts pioneering cancer research, was established in 1981 by the children of the legendary actor, who died of cancer in 1979.
Since its founding, the Institute's researchers "have made groundbreaking discoveries that have changed the way cancer is detected, diagnosed and treated around the world," officials said.
The Institute, which runs a renowned Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program, focuses on melanoma, breast, neuro, prostate and gastrointestinal cancers, as well as innovative research in cancer genomics, molecular biomarkers, and chemo- and immunotherapies.
The awards will be presented at the Institute's Annual Membership Luncheon and Boutique on Thursday.
For more information about the John Wayne Cancer Institute visit www.jwciauxiliary.com