Archive for March, 2009

The Prevent Cancer Foundation Supports 21st Century Cancer ALERT Act

Monday, March 30th, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2009

MEDIA CONTACT:
Lisa Hughes
(703) 519-2118
lisa.hughes@preventcancer.org

Bi-Partisan Bill Renews America’s Commitment to Cancer Prevention, Research and Treatment

Alexandria, VA — The Prevent Cancer Foundation — the only organization in the United States solely dedicated to the prevention of cancer since 1985 — thanks Senators Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) for introducing the 21st Century Cancer Access to Life-Saving Early detection, Research and Treatment (ALERT) Act. The bill comprehensively addresses the challenges our nation faces in battling this disease. This sweeping cancer legislation attempts to expand and modernize the National Cancer Act of 1971, which was authored by Senator Kennedy.

“The Foundation greatly appreciates Senators Kennedy and Hutchinson for their bi-partisan leadership in addressing legislation to improve the spectrum of cancer care, from prevention to survivorship,” explains Carolyn Aldigé, president and founder of the Prevent Cancer Foundation. “We particularly applaud their commitment to prevention and research and look forward to working with them to strengthen the framework for comprehensive reform that they have introduced.  If enacted, this bill will guide our country’s cancer efforts to reflect an improved access to preventive care and screening, more coordinated cutting edge clinical research in prevention and access to quality care to prevention and treatment for all Americans.”

The 21st Century Cancer ALERT Act authorizes promising research in early detection, and supply grants for screening and referrals for treatment. The bill emphasizes strengthening cancer research and the urgent need for resources to both prevent and detect cancers at an early stage. The bill strives to give scientists the tools they need to fight cancer and to understand more thoroughly how the disease works. Through fostering new treatments, increased preventative measures and funding for research, the ALERT Act begins a new chapter in how Americans will live with and fight cancer.

“We’ve come a long way in fighting cancer since we passed the National Cancer Act thirty-eight years ago, but not far enough. Americans still live in fear that they or someone they love will be affected,” said Senator Kennedy, the Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. “Today, we’re better equipped for the fight – learning every day a little bit more about the disease and what we can do to fight it. Cancer is a complex disease and it requires comprehensive strategies to fight it— strategies that integrate research, prevention and treatment. This bill will renew our efforts to make progress in the battle against cancer, and to give patients and their families a renewed sense of hope.”

“Our nation declared the War on Cancer in 1971, yet, nearly 38 years later, cancer is expected to become the leading killer of Americans. We must bring renewed focus and vigor to this fight,” explains Senator Hutchison. “The prescription isn’t simple, but there are steps we must take if we are going to see the cancer diagnosis rate decline, while raising the prognosis for survival among those who do have the disease. Our legislation will enact those necessary steps so we may see more progress and coordination in cancer research and treatment.”

The Prevent Cancer Foundation supports the 21st Century Cancer ALERT Act as it comprehensively addresses the challenges our nation faces in battling this disease. The Foundation applauds Senators Kennedy and Hutchinson for their leadership and shared vision of creating a cancer-free future for all Americans.
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About Prevent Cancer Foundation
The Prevent Cancer Foundation was started in 1985. Today, it is one of the nation’s leading health organizations and has catapulted cancer prevention to prominence. Through healthy lifestyle choices, you can reduce your risk of breast, cervical, colorectal, lung, oral, prostate, skin and testicular cancers.

Since its inception, the Prevent Cancer Foundation has provided more than $106 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research, education and community outreach programs across the country. The Foundation’s peer-reviewed grants have been awarded to nearly 400 scientists from more than 150 of the leading academic medical centers nationwide. This research has been pivotal in developing a body of knowledge that is the basis for important cancer prevention and early detection strategies. For more information, visit www.preventcancer.org.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation Raises 1.4 Million Dollars from Its Annual Spring Gala

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 24, 2009

MEDIA CONTACT:
Apoorva Sabnis-Stull
(703) 837–3687
apoorva.sabnis-stull@preventcancer.org

Funds Raised Support Innovative Cancer Prevention Research and Community Outreach Grants

Alexandria, VA — The Prevent Cancer Foundation — the only organization in the United States solely dedicated to the prevention and early detection of cancer since 1985 — held its 15th Annual Spring Gala at the National Building Museum on March 13, 2009. The Foundation welcomed 900 guests to the gala, this year designed around the country of Peru (last year saluted Turkey; 2007, Ireland). The event was chaired by John and Laura Pemberton. Proceeds from the gala support the Prevent Cancer Foundation 21st Century Young Scientists Fund for research grants and fellowships and community outreach programs. The 2009 gala was held under the honorary patronage of His Excellency the Ambassador of Peru, Félipe Ortiz  de Zevallos. Elmer Huerta, M.D., MPH, vice-chairman of the board and scientific director of the Foundation, was honored as the Foundation’s first Cancer Prevention Champion.  Dr. Huerta is immediate president of the American Cancer Society.

The glittering event raised more than 1.4 million dollars to further the organization’s mission: the prevention and early detection of cancer through scientific research, educationand community outreach to all populations, including children and the underserved. Instead of holding a raffle at the gala — which the foundation has done in past years — organizers opted to create “The Game of Hope ~ Lighting the Way to Prevention” this year, in which guests could make a direct contribution to a specific cause.  More than 82 cents of every dollar raised funds Foundation programs.

“Our annual spring gala gives the Prevent Cancer Foundation the opportunity to raise money for crucial cancer prevention research and thank all our supporters,” explains Carolyn Aldigé, president and founder. The gala included Pfizer as the Exclusive Presenting Sponsor, sanofi-aventis served as the underwriter, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. served as the Premier Benefactor and Roche, Schering-Plough and Southern Company served as Major Benefactors. The event décor was designed by David Tutera, the acclaimed wedding and event designer and host
of My Fair Wedding on WE: Women’s Entertainment and was catered by Design Cuisine. The museum’s internal architecture fused well with the event’s design, as did the food. Design Cuisine caterers included an Inca Sampler as a first course, Peruvian-style beef tenderloin for the main course and a Peruvian Tasting Plate for dessert.

One of Washington D.C.’s most anticipated annual spectacles, the Prevent Cancer Foundation hosted its first gala in 1994 with Former President George H.W. Bush and First lady Barbara serving as its Co-Chairs. Since its inception in 1985 the Prevent Cancer Foundation has  funded over $106 million in innovative research and education grants aimed at ensuring that the next generation will not have to suffer from preventable cancers. Visitwww.preventcancer.org to learn more about the Prevent Cancer Foundation and its life saving programs.

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Photos from the gala are available upon request. Please email Apoorva Sabnis-Stull using the contact information listed above.

About Prevent Cancer Foundation
The Prevent Cancer Foundation (formerly the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation) was started in 1985. Today, it is one of the nation’s leading health organizations and has catapulted cancer prevention to prominence. Through healthy lifestyle choices, you can  reduce your risk of breast, cervical, colorectal, lung, oral, prostate, skin and testicular cancers.

Since its inception the Foundation has provided more than $106 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research, education and community outreach programs. The Foundation’s peer-reviewed grants have been awarded to nearly 400 scientists from more than 150 of the leading academic medical centers nationwide. This research has been pivotal in developing a body of knowledge that is the basis for important cancer prevention and early detection strategies. For more information, please visit www.preventcancer.org.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation Applauds President Obama’s Executive Order to Accompany Stem Cell Action

Monday, March 9th, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 9, 2009

MEDIA CONTACT:
Apoorva Sabnis-Stull
703-837-3687
Apoorva.Sabnis-Stull@preventcancer.org

“This morning, President Obama’s signature on an Executive Order overturning the current restrictions on Federal funding of embryonic stem cell research ushered in a promising new direction in cancer research. The Prevent Cancer Foundation applauds the President for his action and commitment.

“This order means that we can move closer to discovering more about cancer and other debilitating diseases, hopefully leading to better prevention, treatment and cures. The Prevent Cancer Foundation,along with health advocates representing many disease groups, have worked tirelessly in raising awareness for this important issue over the past eight years. By signing an Executive Order that calls for funding and appropriate ethical oversight for embryonic stem cell research, President Obama has ensured that Americans are no longer forced to look back,but can instead look forward to one day seeing the promise of scientific and medical research fulfilled.

“The Executive Order was accompanied by a presidential memorandum on Scientific Integrity which will direct the Office of Science and Technology Policy to assure effective standards and practices for research, to restore scientific integrity in decisions made by the government with respect to research and help guide policy by accurate scientific information.

“The Prevent Cancer Foundation is a longstanding member of the Board of Directors of the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research (CAMR). Prevent Cancer staff also serves in the Leadership Group of CAMR, as Vice President for Membership of the Coalition.”

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