On January 23, founder and head of the League against Cancer, Eva Siracká received the European Citizen 2015 prize granted by the European Parliament.
She is one of 47 laureates from a total of 19 European-Union countries who received the award this year. The jury appreciated her determination, involvement and attitude in fighting against cancer.
The ceremony was attended by several Slovak MEPs and famous personalities. Only MEPs can propose nominations while each one is allowed to nominate one person per year. The prize is awarded to laureates first in their homeland, and then they are invited to a Europe-wide ceremony that will take place in Brussels on February 25 and 26, the TASR newswire wrote.
The jury appreciated her effort to fight against cancer. Doctor Siracká has devoted her work since the very beginning to cancer patients, while also helping and supporting their families and educating the wider public, especially the youth. Projects like the Daffodil Day (students raising money for oncology), creating a free phone line for cancer patients or establishing assistance centres are also the results of her efforts.
In 2009, this prize went to the Divadlo z Pasáže / Theatre for the Passage from Banská Bystrica which includes mentally challenged actors, for organising the community theatres’ festival Arteterapia. In 2012, the prize went to photographer Šymon Kliman for the exhibition of photos called Beautiful People/ Krásni ľudia depicting Roma people in a non-traditional way.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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26. Jan 2015 at 14:00