Archive for January, 2014

Prevent Cancer Foundation Awards $40,000 in Community Grants

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Support for cancer prevention programs reaches underserved communities nationwide.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 31, 2014

MEDIA CONTACT:
Melissa Merson
(703) 519-2107
Melissa.Merson@preventcancer.org

(Alexandria, Va.) – Four community organizations on the front lines of the battle against cancer will receive a total of $40,000 in grants for cancer prevention education programs, the Prevent Cancer Foundation announced. Each of the $10,000 grants supports cancer programs focusing on breast, cervical and colorectal cancer.

The Community Grants program awards funds to community programs across the United States that:

  • Focus on helping people prevent cancer or find it earlier when it is more treatable.
  • Demonstrate the potential to make a positive impact in the field of cancer prevention.

AWARD RECIPIENTS:

The Foundation for Healthy Communities will develop a New Hampshire- specific health education module on breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening. The program will provide culturally- appropriate material tailored for low-literacy in 7 languages (Arabic, English, Nepali, Portuguese, Spanish, Swahili, and American Sign Language). This grant will be named for the Awesome Games Done Quick video speed gaming community that raised more than $1 million this year to support the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s work.

Georgia Regents University will develop and evaluate the colorectal cancer lifestyle tips (diet, physical activity and colorectal screening) component of the Down Home Healthy Living Cookbook, including diet, physical activity and colorectal screening. This resource will be shared with 7,200 African Americans in 13 states as part of a colorectal screening intervention.

The Minnesota Cancer Alliance will develop and test culturally specific mailing and educational materials for Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccinations to be used in Minnesota’s America Indian communities for the prevention of cervical cancer and other HPV-associated cancers.

The Los Angeles County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® will implement a culturally-competent outreach and education program, reaching community members at faith-based events, training lay Hispanic/Latino community health educators (promontoras) and motivating Latinas to seek breast health information and screening services to reduce late-stage diagnosis.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation received 107 applications from organizations around the country for its grants cycle in 2013. Four grants were awarded in 2013 and four projects were chosen for the 2014 grant awards program. All eligible applications were reviewed by an external review panel of community outreach, clinical and public health research experts.

The Prevent Cancer Community Grants program began in 2007 and has continuously funded community-based education and screening projects across the United States. Visit www.preventcancer.org for more details about the program.

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About the Prevent Cancer Foundation:
The mission of the Prevent Cancer Foundation is to save lives through cancer prevention and early detection. Founded in 1985, the Foundation has provided more than $134 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research, education, advocacy and community outreach nationwide. For more information, please visit www.preventcancer.org

Video Game Marathon Raises Over $1 Million for Cancer Prevention

Monday, January 13th, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 13, 2014

MEDIA CONTACT:
Melissa Merson
(703) 519-2107 desk
(202) 578-8618 mobile
Melissa.Merson@preventcancer.org

(Herndon, Va.) — Donations to the Prevent Cancer Foundation tallied more than $1 million when the sun came up on Sunday, the end of the non-stop, weeklong “Awesome Games Done Quick,” (AGDQ) a video game marathon.

The fourth annual marathon, hosted by Speed Demos Archive, began January 5, with the goal of raising $500,000 for the Prevent Cancer Foundation, the only U.S. nonprofit organization solely devoted to cancer prevention and early detection. Over the past three marathons, a total of more than $646,000 was raised to benefit the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Proceeds from AGDQ for the last two years have funded 2 two-year cancer prevention research grants.

Speed Demos Archive focuses on “speedrunning” or completing video games in the shortest time possible. For AGDQ 2014, more than 500 of the site’s community members and friends travelled from across the United States and around the world. At one point, 109,923 viewers were watching the marathon, which was streamed live around the clock. More than 18,000 individual donors made more than 27,400 donations, many bidding on video game prizes donated for the event. The average donation was $37.01. Games like Super Mario, Halo and Legend of Zelda, new and classic favorites, were beaten in record time.

“When the Prevent Cancer Foundation began its relationship with Speed Demos Archive back in 2010,” said Jan Bresch, Prevent Cancer’s Foundation Executive Vice President and COO, “we knew how dedicated the volunteers and donors to marathon were, but we never imagined this event would raise $1 million to save lives through cancer prevention and early detection. It is a dream come true and we thank this amazing group of individuals for making it a reality.”

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Speed Demos Archive and Prevent Cancer Foundation representatives are available for media interviews.

About the Prevent Cancer Foundation:
The mission of the Prevent Cancer Foundation is to save lives through cancer prevention and early detection. Founded in 1985, the Foundation has provided more than $134 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research, education, advocacy and community outreach nationwide. For more information, please visit www.preventcancer.org