The American Cancer Society has awarded William W. Harding of New Philadelphia its highest honor, the St. George National Award. The St. George award is presented annually to outstanding volunteers in recognition of distinguished service to the American Cancer Society.

Harding, Patrick Fahey, MD, and Jennifer Guy each received the St. George Award at the American Cancer Society's Ohio Division Annual Meeting in October. Dr. Fahey and Guy are from the Columbus area.

In order to be nominated, a volunteer must serve as a leader in the community for six consecutive years while making a significant impact on strategic goals and mission-driven programs. Nominations were made by the American Cancer Society's Ohio Division board of directors.

Harding has been an American Cancer Society Tuscarawas County Unit Board member for 28 years and has served on the Society's Ohio Division Board for 15 years. He currently is serving his second year as the chair for the society's Ohio Division board of directors.

"When I first was involved with the society I never had intentions of being active for personal accolades," Harding said. "I am involved because of the cause. Certainly I am humbled to receive such a prestigious award. It's an honor. My involvement will continue to be focused on the mission to help cancer patients and to save lives."

Lynne Nunley, the regional community director of the Northeast Ohio Region American Cancer Society has worked with Harding for several years and said, "The American Cancer Society is blessed with wonderful volunteers such as Bill Harding. We are fortunate to have a leader like him. On a daily basis he is able and willing to help cancer survivors so they may have a better quality of life. He has been an outstanding advocate for the Society and his dedication is appreciated at the local and state level."

Harding is chief executive officer and president of Union Hospital in Dover. He has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Bowling Green State University. Also, he has a Master of Business Administration/Health Care Administration from the University of Toledo. He and his wife, Monica, have two daughters.

The St. George National Award medal depicts St. George slaying a dragon, which is the personification of evil or public calamity, with a double-edged sword similar to the American Cancer Society's signature symbol, the Sword of Hope. The award represents the Society's ultimate goal of victory over cancer.

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.