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Miss Indian Nations Shares Message of Hope in the New Year

Shannon C. Hooper, 26, a member of the Shoshone & Paiute Tribes, was crowned Miss Indian Nations in September 2012. A student at Western Nevada College in northwest Nevada, Hooper is a powwow dancer, knowledgeable in tribal culture, and an active leader and volunteer in her community.

Hooper knows the impact of cancer. For 20 years, she has watched close family and community members battle the disease. Hooper has supported the fight for a world with less cancer and more birthdays in the Fallon, Nevada community through American Cancer Society Relay For Life events and breast cancer awareness/fundraisers for years.

Hooper’s advice for staying hopeful in the New Year: "Live day by day and don't dwell on the past."

While a new year beckons a fresh start, for people facing a cancer diagnosis, inspiration can be hard to find.

Miss Indian Nations 2012 acknowledges, "One day you can be here—[but] life can go so quickly, so we have to cherish the friends and family we have now."

Across the country each year, communities gather to raise not only funds that help fight back against cancer, but also hope. Anyone in need should know that the American Cancer Society is available 24/7, even during the holidays. For the 13.7 million cancer survivors living in the United States today, their families and cancer caregivers, the American Cancer Society offers free information, day-to-day help, and emotional support to help you through every step of the cancer journey. About one in three people will get cancer in their lifetimes, but the rate is even higher for American Indians and Alaskan Natives.

Call today or visit to find out more about these and other services ACS has to offer:

• Cancer Survivors Network and WhatNext are online support networks for anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer. Have questions answered, learn more about your diagnosis, and find the support you need.

• Road to Recovery. The American Cancer Society coordinates local community volunteers with cancer patients who give free rides to lifesaving treatment and check-ups. American Cancer Society volunteers in the past year gave free rides to treatment to more than 15,000 cancer patients.

• Hope Lodge. When clinics and hospitals are far from home, the American Cancer Society’s Lodging Program and local hotels provide free overnight stays. Last year, Hope Lodge provided 250,000 free nights of lodging to 40,000 patients and caregivers across the country.

• Reach To Recovery. Breast cancer survivors are matched with newly diagnosed breast cancer patients with a similar situation (type of cancer, stage in life, etc.) for emotional support and useful information.

• Look Good…Feel Better. Cancer takes a toll on the body. Trained volunteer cosmetologists teach women how to cope with skin changes and hair loss using cosmetics and skin care products donated by the cosmetic industry. Find assistance by calling the American Cancer Society at 1.800.277.2345 or visit