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PHOENIX — Robin Roberts, award-winning anchor of ABC's "Good Morning America," was elected by the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees as a public trustee at its quarterly meeting on Feb. 21. Roberts, who has been honored with the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, has been a leader in raising awareness of health issues since publicly announcing her own battles with breast cancer and myelodysplastic syndrome.
Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2007. Five years later, she was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome. Roberts received a bone marrow transplant with donor cells from her sister, who was a perfect match. Her story triggered an outpouring of support from across the nation. She joined forces with Be the Match to inform the public about the need for more donors. Since her diagnosis, the bone marrow registry has seen a tremendous increase.
"Robin is a remarkable person and journalist who has a tremendous gift to connect with millions of people through storytelling," says Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., Mayo Clinic's president and CEO. "She will bring invaluable perspective given her incredible ability to overcome her own health adversities to become a leading voice and advocate for others."
Roberts has been recognized with awards and honors from organizations around the country, including the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program. Roberts also was honored with a George Foster Peabody Award and Gracie Award, as well as the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Awards) in July 2013 for the strength and courage she has displayed throughout her life and career.
Roberts was named co-anchor of "Good Morning America" in May 2005 after contributing to the morning program for 10 years. Prior to that, she was a host on ESPN's "SportsCenter" and contributed to "NFL PrimeTime."
The Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees also reelected three trustees:
The board elected two internal trustees to four-year terms:
The board recognized and honored four emeritus trustees:
The Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees, a 31-member group of public representatives and Mayo Clinic physicians and administrators, is responsible for patient care, medical education and research at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota, as well as Mayo Clinic Health System, a network of clinics and hospitals serving more than 60 communities in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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