TIFT CO., GA (WALB) - A South Georgia cancer survivor and volunteer received a prestigious award.
For more than a decade, Lee Turner of Tift County has worked effortlessly overseeing Southwest Georgia's grassroots activities for the American Cancer Society.
And after years of much dedication, his cancer volunteer work is getting national attention.
The American Cancer Society presented Turner with the Ambassador Constituent Team Lead of the Year award at the annual Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C.
Being a throat cancer survivor, Turner's passion for cancer volunteer work runs deep in his veins.
Since 1998, Turner has lobbied legislators for money to support cancer research.
"I was overwhelmed tears, I was excited, really caught off guard because I'm sure there were other people that were just as well that should've received the award just as I did," said Turner.
With many people suffering from the fatal disease, Turner said his mission is far from over.
He encouraged others to volunteer by driving cancer patients to their appointments or participating in a Relay for Life.