Archive for January, 2008

Prevent Cancer Foundation Honors the Country of Turkey in its Annual Spring Gala Set for March 14, 2008 at the National Building Museu

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

January 30, 2008

Susanne Hartman, 703-837-3692

The Prevent Cancer Foundation (formerly the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation) — the only organization in the United States solely dedicated to the prevention of cancer since 1985 – is holding its Annual Spring Gala at the National Building Museum on March 14, 2008. The fundraising event, which this year honors the country of Turkey, is held to further our mission: the prevention and early detection of cancer through scientific research, education and community outreach to all populations, including children and the underserved.

Gala Facts:
Prevent Cancer Foundation Annual Gala, widely recognized as one of Washington’s premier events; the gala typically attracts more than 900 guests from the business, diplomatic, government, medical, sports, media and social communities.

Friday, March 14, 2008
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.

National Building Museum
401 F Street, NW, Washington, DC

Honorary Patrons
His Excellency, the Ambassador of Turkey and Mrs. Nabi Sensoy

Gala Co-Chairs
Ms. Brenda Becker and Mr. David Tutera

Honorary Congressional Gala Chairs
Honorable Tom Harkin and Mrs. Harkin
Honorable Gordon Smith and Mrs. Smith
Honorable Norman Dicks and Mrs. Dicks
Honorable Ed Whitfield and Mrs. Whitfield

Proceeds from the event support the Prevent Cancer Foundation 21st Century Young Scientists Fund for research grants and fellowships and breast cancer screening through the Prevent Cancer Foundation/GW Mammovan and ¡Celebremos La Vida!, a breast and cervical screening program for Hispanic women in underserved communities.

Gala Background

  • This is the fourteenth annual Spring Gala.
  • The gala salutes a different country each year. France, Italy, Greece, Brazil, the Netherlands, Spain, Morocco, Singapore, Japan, Australia, and Ireland, have been honored at the event.
  • Since 1994, the gala has raised over $12 million to support cancer research and programs for underserved communities.
  • The gala has been profiled in the Washington Post, Washington Life, Washington Times, The Georgetowner, The Hill, and New York Social Diary.
  • Former President George H.W. and Barbara Bush (Honorary Chairs of the first gala, and special guests of the 10th gala), Justice Anthony Kennedy, Sam Donaldson, Tim Russert, Cokie Roberts, and author Frank McCourt have all attended the gala.
  • Past gala sponsors have include Abbott Laboratories, AmerisourceBergen, Amgen, AstraZeneca, AT&T, Bank of America, BlueCross BlueShield, Boeing, BP America, Bristol Myers Squibb, Chubb Corporation, Citigroup, Cisco Systems, Coca-Cola, Dell , DIAGEO, Dupont, Duke Energy, Eli Lilly , FedEx, Freddie Mac, General Electric, General Motors, GlaxoSmithKline, Goldman, Sachs & Co., Lockheed Martin, Merck, Motorola, Mutual of Omaha New York Life, Novartis, Northrop Grumman, Pfizer, PhRMA, Roche, Rockwell, sanofi-aventis, Toyota, Verizon, Wal-Mart and Washington Council Ernst & Young.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation:
For more than 20 years, the Prevent Cancer Foundation has carried out its mission of cancer prevention in three important ways; by funding research that helps us better understand how to prevent cancer; educating the public about how they can prevent cancer; and by reaching out to communities across the nation. Since 1985, the Foundation has provided more than $97 million in support of cancer prevent research, education and outreach programs, and has played a pivotal role in developing a body of knowledge that is the basis for important prevention and early detection strategies.

The Foundation focuses its energies and resources on those cancers—including lung, breast, prostate, colorectal, cervical, skin, oral and testicular—that can be prevented through lifestyle changes or early detection and treatment. We envision a future where cancer incidence and mortality will be significantly reduced through preventive measures.
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Washington Health and Fitness Expo Welcomes the Super Colon

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

January 9, 2008

Jasmine Greenamyer, 703-837-3695

—Expo Visitors Can Learn the Importance of Colorectal Cancer Prevention
ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Super Colon, an 8-foot tall, 20-foot long replica of a human colon, is headed to the Washington Convention Center, January 12-13, 2008 in Washington, D.C. as part of the NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo. The nation’s capital is the first stop for the Super Colon, which zigzags across the country serving as an educational tool to teach the importance of colorectal cancer screening. Colorectal cancer is 90 percent preventable and successfully treated 90 percent of the time, when detected early, yet it remains a leading cause of cancer deaths.

The Super Colon is an incredible, inflatable, interactive colon that teaches people about the risks, symptoms, prevention, early detection and treatment options for colorectal cancer. As visitors walk through the Super Colon, they get a close-up look at healthy tissue, as well as tissue with various stages of colorectal cancer.

Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place NW
Washington, DC 20001
(Booth # – 3044)

January 12-13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
During the hours of the NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo

The national 2008 Super Colon Tour will land in Philadelphia, PA; Houston, TX; Chicago, IL; New York, NY; and Omaha, NE, among other cities during the year, including during March, as part of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The Super Colon is graciously sponsored by sanofi-aventis U.S. LLC.

For more information about the Super Colon, visit


The mission of the Prevent Cancer Foundation is cancer prevention and early detection through research, education and community outreach to all populations, including children and the underserved