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Community Service Award 2013

Cynthia Zahm Siegfried '68

Cynthia Zahm Siegfried, a 1968 graduate of MacMurray College who received her bachelor’s degree in psychology, your alma mater and fellow alumni are pleased to recognize and honor you as a 2013 recipient of the Community Service Award.

While at MacMurray, you were not only an exceptional student, making Dean’s List for eight semesters and Alpha Lambda Delta, but also you made the most of your college experience as a member of the Concert Choir, MacMurray Singers, MacQuatics, and serving on Homecoming Court, only to become Homecoming Queen, and on Founders Day Court.

However impressive your collegiate record has been, it pales in comparison to your life achievements and humanitarian work, particularly your advocacy for the cancer sufferer and the education of those who have had a loved one suffer with the disease. You have devoted your life to writing and being an inspirational speaker. As a result, you have affected countless lives. Among your most recent publications are two books, Cancer Journey: A Caregiver’s View from the Passenger Seat and Chicken Soup for the Soul – The Cancer Book, and an anthology entitled “Moments of Grace—True Stories of Those Touched by God’s Grace, Living with the Giant.” Your list of publications continues with a number of magazine articles and periodicals: Nostalgia; “The Neighborhood Gang”; Today’s Christian; “Punch, Anyone?”; Significant Living; “f.a.i.t.H.” ; Today’s Caregiver, “A Caregiver’s Comparison”; A New Heart, “Me, a Caregiver?”; as well as publications in In Touch, The Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine and Coping with Cancer. These are just to name a few. You also write a monthly newsletter, keep a blog entitled “Caregiver Banter” and speak at conferences and radio programs.

Already, it is obvious the amount of work and dedication you have applied toward your passion: helping individuals cope with and live through cancer. You have co-founded a faith-based support group entitled f.a.i.t.H., which stands for “Facing an Illness through Him.” Your greatest passions — people, faith and community – have made your memberships and advocacy endless. You are a member of Mensa; Poplar Pike Arts Guild; Germantown Women’s Club; American Association of Christian Counselors; American Christian Writers; National Family Caregivers Association; Christian Leaders, Authors, and Speakers; Tennessee Cancer Coalition; and f.a.i.t.H., which you co-founded in 2003. Your most recent involvements include participating on the planning committees for Relay for Life and National Cancer Survivor Day.

Your humanitarian career and public services have made you an inspiration to all who know you. In 2012, you were awarded the Lungevity National Caregiver of the Year Award. It is our honor to endow you with yet another prodigious accomplishment.  You have lived your life selflessly and in the complete service of your fellow human and you continue to work in the service of your passions and your community. As a result, you have brought the highest honor to your alma mater. It is with great pride that the Alumni Association of MacMurray College acknowledges you as a recipient of the 2013 Community Service Award and presents to you this plaque at MacMurray’s Homecoming, October 19, 2013, in Jacksonville, Illinois.

Presented by the MacMurray Alumni Association Board.

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