The Associated Press
Saturday, January 27, 2007; 8:13 PM
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Marcia Wallace of "The Bob Newhart Show" fame was honored by the Roswell Park Cancer Institute Saturday for helping educate Americans about the importance of early cancer detection and inspiring others through her 20 years as a breast cancer survivor.
Wallace, who voices schoolteacher Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons, said she keeps up a steady pace of speaking engagements to promote vigilance even in an age of improved cancer testing and treatment.
In accepting the Gilda Radner Courage Award, she said she was fortunate to catch her cancer at an early stage and encourages people to "use all the tools" to give themselves the same advantage.
"My message is very early detection. I beat that drum," Wallace said.
The Gilda Radner Courage Award, named for the late comedienne, recognizes a cancer patient whose public battle has given hope to cancer patients and has focused public attention on cancer. Past recipients include Ted Kennedy Jr., Scott Hamilton, Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, actress Rue McClanahan and Buffalo Bills general manager Marv Levy.