WASHINGTON DC (WUSA) --- At the Kennedy Center, 9NEWS NOW's morning anchor, Andrea Roane, received the first Rebecca Lipkin Women in the Media award. The distinction is named after a news producer who died from Inflammatory Breast Cancer in 2009.
For 17 years Roane has covered cancer treatment, prevention, and updates with the Buddy Check campaign. She says the award is icing on the cake.
"The best award I've ever received is when a woman or a man calls up and says, 'You've saved my life,' by something they've heard me say on Buddy Check Nine. And that's all you ever hope for," she says.
Rebecca Lipkin's sister, Harriet, presented the award to Roane.
"I wish I didn't lose my sister. But what I also wish is that everybody knows that we're here and everybody knows about the Inflammatory Breast Cancer. And I wish that people will contribute money [so]... that they will help us to work to find a cure," says Lipkin.
Roane was the only local journalist to be graced with the honor among eight women in the media. The award is in partnership with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
"Each of [the award recipients] is extremely important to this organization for the work that we do," says Nancy G. Brinker, founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Written by Elizabeth Jia
9NEWS NOW & WUSA9.com