Archive for April, 2009

Prevent Cancer Foundation Hosts Charity Bad Beat on Cancer Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 8, 2009

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

EVENT CONTACT:
Jan Mahrer
(703) 519-2106
jan.mahrer@preventcancer.org

Washington Power Players try to Outmaneuver Poker Heavyweights for a Seat at the
2009 World Series of Poker

ALEXANDRIA, VA — The Prevent Cancer Foundation — the only organization in the United States solely dedicated to the prevention of cancer since 1985 — will hold its 5th Annual Bad Beat on Cancer Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament in the East Hall of Washington’s historic Union Station on April 28, 2009. The proceeds will go towards the Foundation’s mission: the prevention and early detection of cancer through scientific research, education and community outreach to all populations, including children and the underserved.

This widely attended and popular Foundation fundraiser featured special guests, including top professional poker champions as well as noted members of the government, corporate and sports communities. Members of Congress who are confirmed to attend the event include Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX), Congresswoman Shelley Berkley (D-NV), Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-NY), Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA), Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), Congressman Jim Matheson (D-UT), Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA), Congressman James McGovern (D-MA) and Congressman Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA). Returning as the master of ceremonies for the evening is professional poker champion and Prevent Cancer board member, Phil Gordon, who will provide play by play commentary as the games happen. In addition, Gordon, along with other professional players Lee Childs, Rafe Furst and Howard Lederer, will hold a “poker clinic” for first-time players and for those who would just like a refresher or tips.

“The Prevent Cancer Foundation realizes that poker is a great way to bring the D.C. community together to help the Foundation fulfill its mission and have a little fun,” explains Phil Gordon, co-founder of the Bad Beat on Cancer and Prevent Cancer Foundation board member. “Since its inception, Bad Beat on Cancer™ has raised over $2 million and has grown to include other major poker tournaments, leagues and home games.”

The winner of the tournament fundraiser will claim the ultimate grand prize, a $10,000 seat at the 2009 World Series of Poker. The tournament — sponsored by Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc. Ford Motors, American Gaming Association and American Legacy Foundation, Poker Players Alliance and the National Association of Broadcasters — will feature players at 10 tables vying to win in a round robin format. The winner from each table will move on to play a final championship game and win prizes generously donated to the event, including the ultimate grand prize, a $10,000 seat at the 2009 World Series of Poker.

Since its inception in 2004, the Bad Beat on Cancer initiative has raised over $1.2 million to fund the Foundation’s efforts in the areas of cancer research, education and community outreach. Similar Bad Beat on Cancer tournaments have been staged nationwide in New York, Los Angeles and Houston. If you’re interested in holding a Bad Beat on Cancer tournament or poker game in your community to benefit the Prevent Cancer Foundation, visit: www.preventcancer.org for more information.
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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, please visit www.preventcancer.org.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation Honors Colorectal Cancer Prevention Leaders at National Dialogue Conference

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 7, 2009

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

Three Extraordinary Individuals Recognized for Efforts in Advocacy, Leadership and Innovation

Alexandria, VA — On the heels of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, the Prevent Cancer Foundation hosted the 11th annual Dialogue for Action™ for Colorectal Cancer Screening; Harnessing the Power of Success last week in Baltimore. During the conference, the Foundation honored three outstanding colorectal cancer awareness prevention champions. Joe Arite, Director of Policy for The Colorectal Cancer Coalition, Dr. Tim Byers, MPH and Dr. Diane Dwyer all received The Cancer Prevention Laurel.

The term laurel is an ancient Roman symbol of tribute, honor, victory, merit, and reward and the Cancer Prevention Laurels are the centerpiece of the conference. The Foundation created the Cancer Prevention Laurel to recognize and celebrate innovators and leaders in the fight against colorectal cancer. Vince Papale, the former Philadelphia Eagles football player and colorectal cancer survivor, presented the winners with the award.

Joe Arite received the Cancer Prevention Laurel for Advocacy because of his dedication and work as Director of Policy at the Colorectal Cancer Coalition and manager of its grassroots action committee. Mr. Arite has been an enthusiastic advocate with his tireless work organizing such diverse efforts as the C3 Colorectal Cancer Action Center, Call-On Congress, Congressional Butt-In and the memorable Cover Your Butt campaign, which focuses on guaranteeing coverage of colorectal cancer screening and treatment for Americans. Mr. Arite’s commitment and ability to gently but firmly move individuals to action continue to make a difference in the prevention and treatment of colorectal cancer.

The Cancer Prevention Laurel for National Leadership was awarded to Dr. Tim Byers, the current Interim Director for the University of Colorado Cancer Center (UCCC). Dr. Byer leads the NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, administers the UCCC’s Cancer Prevention and Control Program and serves as Professor and Associate Dean at the Colorado School of Public Health. Dr. Byers’ dedication and leadership is unsurpassed as he continually offers his expertise to numerous national and international organizations including the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, the Prevent Cancer Foundation, the World Cancer Research Fund and the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

Dr. Diane Dwyer received the Cancer Prevention Laurel for Innovative Programs. As the medical director of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Center for Cancer Surveillance and Control, Diane is recognized for her expertise and leadership in cancer prevention. Her efforts in the area of colorectal cancer contribute greatly to enhancing cancer control in Maryland leading to increasing cancer screening rates and declining mortality rates.

As the creator and convener of this annual conference, the Prevent Cancer Foundation is committed to providing a forum to exchange ideas on the potential for increasing preventive services and colorectal cancer screening — in spite of the current health care crisis. The concept of this conference is to: spark a dialogue, create action, and continue to make strides toward a cancer-free future.
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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 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, please visit www.preventcancer.org.

Prevent Cancer Foundation Convenes National Dialogue for Action to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 1, 2009

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

WHAT: On the heels of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and the renewed call for Congressional action to increase funding for colorectal cancer screening and treatment, the Prevent Cancer Foundation will host its 11th annual Dialogue for Action™ for Colorectal Cancer Screening; Harnessing the Power of Success this week in Baltimore.
WHO: The gathering draws together about 250 stakeholders from the healthcare community, including providers, patient and provider advocates, state health officials, researchers, educators, insurers, and various industry representatives — all who have an interest in colon cancer prevention and early detection. Vince Papale, the former Philadelphia Eagles football player and colorectal cancer survivor will be the keynote speaker.
WHY: The Foundation’s goal is to facilitate conversations about the role of primary care and prevention in the context of colorectal cancer prevention and early detection strategies. Based on these initial meetings, participants gain insights into ways they can encourage increased screening in their communities. As the creator and convener of this annual conference, the Prevent Cancer Foundation is committed to providing a forum to exchange ideas on the potential for increasing preventive services and colorectal cancer screening — in spite of the current health care crisis. The concept of this conference is to: spark a dialogue, create action, and continue to make strides toward a cancer-free future.
WHEN: Thursday, April 2, 2009
7 AM – Conference Registration
8 AM – Welcome and Opening Remarks – Carolyn Aldige, President and Founder
Keynote Address by Vince Papale
9 AM – Update on current colorectal cancer screening guidelines – Robert. A. Smith,  Ph.D., American Cancer Society
WHERE: Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
202 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202