Archive for September, 2010

Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program Honors Cancer Prevention Advocates

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 28,  2010

MEDIA CONTACT:
Tracey Young
(703) 837-3687
tracey.young@preventcancer.org

ALEXANDRIA, VA  –  A bipartisan audience of members of Congress and their spouses honored cancer champions Liz’s Legacy of Nebraska, Good Morning America’s Sam Champion and celebrity Chef José Andrés for their outstanding service in support of cancer prevention, research, treatment and education. Special recognition was also given to Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) for his longstanding advocacy for cancer issues and contributions to the Congressional community as a whole.

The honorees were recognized for their efforts at the 18th annual Action for Cancer Awareness luncheon, hosted by the Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program of the Prevent Cancer Foundation. In addition to members of Congress and spouses, the audience consisted of cancer community leaders, advocacy organizations and supporters. Paula Zahn of “On the Case with Paula Zahn” — Investigation Discovery (ID) channel — served as the Mistress of Ceremonies. The event was held Thursday, September 23, 2010 in the Cannon House Office Building.

“This annual awards lunch is held to thank Congressional spouses who work tirelessly to raise awareness about cancer prevention in their districts and nationwide all year round,” said Lisa McGovern, executive director of the Congressional Families Prevention Program. “Part of the program is to recognize a few stellar individuals or groups that inspire us to carry on the work and renew our commitment to it.”  Ms. McGovern is the spouse of Rep. Jim McGovern of Massachusetts.

2010 Recipients

Congressional Families Leadership Award
Liz’s Legacy (Nebraska). Liz’s Legacy is a charitable program supporting education and cancer research at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Eppley Cancer Center and Creighton University’s Medical Center Hereditary Cancer Center. Liz Karnes, who died from ovarian cancer in 2003, was the spouse of David Karnes who served in the U.S. Senate from Nebraska. The award to Liz’s Legacy honors Liz’s work and all that her Legacy continues to do. Liz’s four daughters – Korley, Kalen, Kara and Laurel – remain involved with this wonderful organization.

Distinguished Service in Journalism
Sam Champion (Good Morning America). As weather anchor for ABC (Good Morning America), Sam Champion spends a lot of time in the elements – including the sun with its cancer-causing rays. After being diagnosed with Basil cell carcinoma, Sam helped educate America about this and other types of skin cancer, reporting and tweeting while undergoing a surgical procedure performed on live on television.

Excellence in Cancer Awareness
Chef José Andrés (Jaleo, Zaytinya, Oyamel, Café Atlántico, minibar by José Andrés). Chef Andrés uses his visibility and celebrity as well as his mastery of cuisine to educate about food – its sources, nutritional value and maximizing its taste. He is an international and high-profile advocate for home cooking and fresh, healthy food. Chef Andrés has also been a leader in the campaign to improve the food our children eat at school. Through all his efforts to advance our food culture at home and overseas, José is helping everyone to live healthier, happier lives, and to prevent cancer.

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About the Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program
The Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program is dedicated to reducing cancer mortality though a bipartisan outreach effort by family members of the U.S. Senate, House, Cabinet and Supreme Court. Formed in 1991 as a partnership between the Congressional Club and the Prevent Cancer Foundation, the program enables Congressional spouses to educate themselves and their constituents about cancer prevention and early detection. The focus is awareness not advocacy.
About Prevent Cancer Foundation
For nearly 25 years the Prevent Cancer Foundation has provided nearly $120 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 5K Helps DC Metro Step Away From Cancer

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 15, 2010

CONTACT:
Tracey Young
(703) 837-3687
tracey.young@preventcancer.org

ALEXANDRIA, VA — Runners, walkers and people who just want to stay fit will come together for a morning of fun and physical fitness on Saturday, September 25, at West Potomac Park for the Second Annual Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K. The family-friendly walk/run begins at 8 a.m.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K encourages the public to take steps to reduce their cancer risk by getting fit, getting smart and getting medical screenings. Last year’s 5K drew 400 participants, so register today at: www.preventcancerfoundation5K.org. Registration is $30; children under the age of 12 are free. Fitness Guru Denise Austin is the Honorary Race Chairperson. WUSA Television 9 Weekday Morning Anchor Andrea Roane will be mistress of ceremonies and Special Guest Ivan Carter, host of Comcast’s Washington Post Live, will attend. Trainers from Sport & Health will lead the crowd in pre-race warm ups starting at 7:30 a.m. and DC’s favorite Apple Dumplin’ the clown will also be in attendance. An award ceremony will follow the race.

This year a new element has been added to the 5K as participants can now form teams or run or walk in honor or in memory of a loved one. Kelli Mitchell of Falls Church, Virginia, has formed “Team Alan” in memory of Alan Matz, a retired Navy veteran and NASA engineer who passed away from liver cancer in August of this year.

“Forming Team Alan was one of the most rewarding ways that we could honor such an incredible and beloved man,” Mitchell said. “We are so happy to be able to celebrate his life and his memory by raising awareness and fighting this terrible disease.”

Registration closes Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 3 p.m. The first 500 runners will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Transponder time operated by Capital Running Company will be used to score the race.  The fastest three men and women overall will receive gift certificates of $100, $75, and $50 based upon their place. The top finisher in each of the age groups will get a $25 gift certificate. Random drawing prizes will also be awarded. Race sponsors include PhRMA, Amgen, Bristol-Myers Scribb, Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Proceeds from the Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K will support the Foundation’s cancer prevention and early detection, research and educational programs; and community outreach to all populations, including the underserved nationwide.

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About The 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 $113 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.