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CancerCare is honored to have celebrated actress and longtime CancerCare advocate S. Epatha Merkerson serving as host of this year’s Partnerships in Hope Awards Dinner. Merkerson is best known for her role as NYPD Lieutenant Anita Van Buren on the long-running NBC drama series, Law & Order. Her character faced a cervical cancer diagnosis in the drama’s final season.

Merkerson’s screen credits include Radio, Black Snake Moan and the television movie Lackawanna Blues, for which she won numerous acting awards including an Emmy, Golden Globe and Image Award. Merkerson made her television debut as Reba the Mail Lady on Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. Her extensive theatre work includes a Tony-nominated role in the 2008 Broadway revival of Come Back Little Sheba. Merkerson recently produced and directed a documentary called The Contradictions of Fair Hope.