Fall 2017 NAACCR Narrative Leave a comment

Antoinette Stroup, PhD
NAACCR President



As I contemplated my first message as President, I searched for something to inspire, something that conveyed all the mixed feelings I had after all that has happened this summer, and something that might carry us forward this fall as we tackle new data requirements. As a scientist who is not trained in the art of inspirational writing, I looked for quotes in the vast “inter-web” by people who came before me; certain that I would find the words that escaped me. I found this:

“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”

This is a quote often (falsely) attributed to Sir Winston Churchill, but some believe it is a derivative of a quote by Sir Norman MacEwen, who was a senior commander in the British Royal Air Force during the first half of the 20th century. But regardless of its origins, it embodies all that I hoped to convey in this first message – thoughtful gratitude, unwavering dedication, and steadfast commitment to make life better for all who face cancer.

  • It reflects the legacy of our colleague and mentor, and the 2014 recipient of the NAACCR Calum S. Muir Award, April Fritz, RHIT, CTR, who passed away on September 12, 2017. She was a leader and mentor to many of us in the cancer registry community and truly gave of her time and expertise to advance our field for more than 30 years.
  • It reflects the overwhelming generosity of our NAACCR community who give so much of themselves as part of committees, work groups, and task forces across all 5 priority areas. This is true on any given day of the week, but is even more pronounced now as we prepare for the 2018 data changes. Members of the Change Management Board, Standardization & Registry Development (S&RD) Steering Committee, the SSDI Task Force, ICD-O-3 Implementation Work Group, the Uniform Data Standards Work Group, and the 2018 Implementation Guidelines Task Force are now meeting more frequently alongside the members of the NAACCR office, Jim Hofferkamp and Lori Havener, in order to get the job done! Their willingness to give their time means that all registries will be that much closer to preparing for the 2018 data changes. Please join me in thanking our colleagues at the next opportunity you have through an email or phone call or on your next NAACCR webinar or on social media (#thankyouNAACCR!). Visit the NAACCR website for a complete list of committee, work group, and task force members under S&RD.
  • Finally, this quote reflects how I personally feel about the NAACCR community. Many of you know that Kevin Henry and I were married this past summer on July 22nd. What you may not know is that Betsy Kohler served as our Officiant! It was a wonderful, personal touch and we thank her with all our hearts for making our day super special. Also, many friends and colleagues wished us good luck and even threw me a surprise bridal shower in New Mexico (ahem…what happens at the bridal shower, stays at the bridal shower!). Anyway…Kevin and I wanted to say thank you to everyone who made our summer so memorable, giving us all your heartfelt love and support! We hope to give back as much as we have been given. See below for the photos from the wedding and the bridal shower (at least the ones I could share :-)).

– Nan

Bridal Shower


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