CONWAY — The American Cancer Society’s Mid-South Division recently named Deidra Porter as a "Hero of Hope." Porter is one of 20 cancer survivors and caregivers from the Mid-South states of Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee to be recognized.

Porter is a breast cancer survivor who turned to the American Cancer Society for information and support. She has also served on the Relay For Life planning committee in a variety of positions, including co-chair. Porter says that as a breast cancer survivor she wanted to get involved with the American Cancer Society to help bring an end to all cancers.

The Heroes of Hope program is in its fourth year. Honorees will serve as spokespeople for the American Cancer Society in their communities. Those selected have triumphed over cancer, made significant volunteer contributions to the American Cancer Society, and made an impact in the lives of others.

"The Heroes of Hope program provides a highly visible symbol of personal victory over the disease, as well as encourages support and participation in the programs of the Society," says Keisha Pittman, an American Cancer Society 2010 Hero of Hope and co-chair of the 2011 Heroes of Hope program.

The Heroes of Hope represent the courageous struggle of all cancer patients and their caregivers as they deal with the physical and emotional aspects of the cancer experience.

"Hearing their stories makes a statement that progress is being made in cancer research and prevention, and that there is hope for the future for people who are diagnosed," added Lee Adkins, co-chair of the 2011 Heroes of Hope program, and a 2010 Hero of Hope.

The American Cancer Society saves lives and creates more birthdays by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back. For more information, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit online at