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Recipients of the 2017 Sister Linda Constantin Courage and Compassion Awards are survivorship navigator Suzanne Hotard, RN, BSN, OCN, left, and certified pharmacy technician Sherika Lewis, right. At center is Sister Barbara Arceneaux, regional minister of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady North American Region.

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Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center recently announced the recipients of its 2017 Sister Linda Constantin Courage and Compassion Awards, the first time in the award’s history that multiple winners were chosen.

“We had many wonderful nominations and it came down to two recipients, and they both reflected Sister Linda’s legacy in their own unique way, so the selection committee felt they both deserved to be recognized for their extraordinary service to the organization,” administrator Linda Lee said.

Survivorship navigator Suzanne Hotard, a registered nurse, and certified pharmacy technician Sherika Lewis received the awards from Sister Barbara Arceneaux, regional minister of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady North American Region, in front of an audience of Mary Bird Perkins and Our Lady of the Lake team members.

The award is named in honor of the longtime nurse and member of the senior administrative team at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center who passed away in 2005 after battling colon cancer, a news release said. Every year, a cancer center team member who exemplifies Constantin’s deeply-held values and beliefs is honored with the award.

“Sister Linda believed in giving to others through the gifts she was given, and that is how she lived her life. She had a joyfulness of spirit that was contagious and made every day fun — a little more special,” Arceneaux said. “All that she did was dedicated to the service of others. Her legacy continues through the compassionate spirits of our team members, and Suzanne and Sherika honor Sister Linda and all those we serve by putting so much love into all they do.”