American Cancer Society Recognizes Outstanding Community Achievement

November 21st, 2016 (Greenville, S.C.) – Each year the American Cancer Society recognizes the outstanding spirit and contributions of an individual in the fight against cancer through the presentation of the Susan Eison Spirt Award. This year, the Susan Eison Award was presented to Stewart Spinks at the Moonlight & Magnolias Gala. The Gala was held Saturday 11/19 at Zen.

Past recipients of the award include Diane Grether, Diane Gluck, Dr. Lynette Gibson and Lindsey Motley. When asked about why the American Cancer Society chose to recognize Stewart at this year’s benefit, Kelly Jamerson of the ACS said:

Stewart’s dedication to the fight against cancer is truly phenomenal. For the past eleven years Stewart has helped to raise $489,974 for the American Cancer Society through fundraising campaigns at the company (Spinx) he founded here in Greenville, SC. These campaigns have engaged an array of employees and customers of Spinx across all of their 81 stores in South Carolina through fundraising and awareness initiatives. Spinx also has a long history of participation in Relay For Life events with the team name Richard’s Angels, honoring Richard Phipps, a dear friend and employee that lost his battle to cancer in 2010. Stewart and his wife, Martha, have also served as past Honorary Chairs of the Moonlight and Magnolias Gala.
Stewart’s commitment to spread cancer awareness and his philanthropic spirit is one to take note of. The Moonlight and Magnolias gala was honored to present Stewart Spinks with the 2016 Susan Eison Award.

Stewart’s ties to the American Cancer Society go deeper than a dedication to a great cause. Stewart Spinks is also a cancer survivor. He battled prostate cancer in 2007 and by 2008 he was in full remission and was given a clean bill of health. Stewart will be telling his story and speaking on his journey at the benefit gala. This year, SPINX has already raised over 130 thousand dollars to donate to the American Cancer Society.

“For me, like for most people, being diagnosed with cancer was scary. It’s never something you’re prepared to hear. I had a wonderful support system that helped me throughout my battle, and I wanted to find a way to give back. Donating to the American Cancer Society, and joining their fight against cancer, is a cause that both the company and myself are proud to be a part of.” – Stewart Spinks

History of the Susan Eison Award

The recognition of a recipient of the Susan Eison award has been a longtime tradition of the Moonlight and Magnolias gala. The tradition was initiated to recognize the outstanding spirit contributions of an individual in the fight against cancer. The recipient may have fought cancer personally, contributed as a caregiver, fundraiser, or by spreading awareness and making a difference in the community. The recipient is given the distinguished honor for the event year.

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