Enumclaw man honored for service to cancer survivors

  • Fri Mar 24th, 2017 11:30am
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Michael Gordon, right, receiving his award with C. Todd Aherns, treasurer of UsTOO International. Submitted photo.

Enumclaw resident Michael Gordon was honored in Chicago for his ongoing efforts on behalf of prostate cancer survivors and their families.

Gordon, leader of the local Plateau Prostate Cancer Support Group, received the Edward C. Kaps Hope Award during a March 10 ceremony. The honor was bestowed by UsTOO International, an organization that provides education and resources to more than 200 volunteer-led support groups throughout the United States and abroad.

After nominations for the award were tallied and reviewed in January, Gordon stood as one of just six people considered most deserving.

“To say it’s an honor is an understatement,” Gordon said. “But it couldn’t have been done without some key folks in the community” like Dave Treat, founder of the Plateau group, and George Bell, alternate chapter leader. His honor was the result of “a real team effort,” Gordon said, that also included the leadership and staff of both the Washington Coalition of Prostate Cancer Support Groups and UsTOO, along with guidance from the Tacoma support group leadership.

Formed more than two years ago, the Plateau Prostate Cancer Support Group meets monthly in the Mount Rainier Room at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Enumclaw. For additional information, including meeting dates and times, contact Gordon at www.plateaupcsg@gmail.com or 907-371-6448.