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Prevent Cancer Foundation Awards $40,000 in Community Grants

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Support for cancer prevention programs reaches underserved communities nationwide.

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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

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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

Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program Honors Advocates for Carrying Messages of Prevention

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Department of Defense, Olympian, Journalist and Congressional Spouse Receive Awards at 21st Annual Bipartisan, Bicameral Luncheon

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November 25, 2013

MEDIA CONTACT:
Monique Smaby
(703) 837-3697
Monique.Smaby@preventcancer.org

(Alexandria, Va.) — The Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program honored journalist Andrea Mitchell, Olympian Shannon Miller, congressional spouse Landra Reid and the Department of Defense’s Healthy Base Initiative at the annual Action for Cancer Awareness luncheon on November 19 on Capitol Hill. The program’s signature event recognizes the activities of congressional spouses, members of Congress, media representatives and other advocates for their work in cancer education, awareness and prevention. Fox News Channel’s Jennifer Griffin served as the event’s master of ceremonies.

Each of the honorees were recognized for their outstanding contributions to health and cancer prevention using their respective platforms to advance the cause. The event attracts Washington’s strongest cancer prevention advocates. This year’s attendees included numerous members of Congress including Sens. Harry Reid and Patrick Leahy, and Reps. Nancy Pelosi, John Dingell, Jim McGovern and Ander Crenshaw, to name a few. Italian Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero attended with his wife Laura Denise; other foreign diplomatic spouses included Lady Susie Westmacott of England, Rosa Djalal of Indonesia and Laura Medina-Mora of Mexico, among numerous others.

This unique awards luncheon enjoys strong bipartisan and bicameral support. For one-hour members and spouses join together to renew the commitment to Stop Cancer Before it Starts!

  • NBC and MSNBC News Anchor Andrea Mitchell—awarded the Distinguished Service in Journalism Award. Following her breast cancer diagnosis, Andrea shared her personal story with the public and turned her experience into a call to action to bring awareness to screening and early detection. For more than three decades, she has worked with numerous organizations to help raise awareness and funds for breast cancer.
  • Landra Reid — awarded the Congressional Families Leadership Award. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was on hand as his wife advocated for supporting cancer research. Landra was nominated by a bipartisan group of both House and Senate spouses. Her breast cancer diagnosis brought her directly into the spotlight and put her on a platform to educate others on cancer prevention.
  • Seven-time Olympian Gymnast Shannon Miller—awarded the Excellence in Cancer Awareness Award. Shannon remains most decorated gymnast of all time. She was diagnosed and successfully treated for a rare form of ovarian cancer, she uses her visibility to advocate for cancer awareness, early detection and to help women make their health a priority.
  • Department of Defense’s Healthy Base Initiative—awarded the Special Recognition Award. This new initiative is aimed at educating military and civilian personnel — and families — on healthy life habits. To help combat obesity and tobacco use, the Office of Military Community and Family Policy (Office of the Secretary of Defense) this year piloted the Healthy Base Initiative on 14 military instillations to encourage good nutrition, active lifestyles and tobacco-free living.

About the Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program

The Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program began in 1991 as a partnership between the Prevent Cancer Foundation and the Congressional Club, a bipartisan organization of spouses of Members of the House, the Senate, Cabinet and Supreme Court. Spouses active in the program share an interest in advancing cancer prevention, early detection and education. For more information, visit the Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program page.

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.

2013 GLOBAL LUNG CANCER SURVEY MEASURES SYMPTOM AWARENESS OF BIGGEST CANCER KILLER

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

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November 21, 2013

MEDIA CONTACT:
Jim Wood
(703) 837-3692
Jim.Wood@preventcancer.org

According to a recent survey investigating awareness of lung cancer symptoms and smoking prevalence, over 70% of surveyed Americans could name symptoms of lung cancer, the leading cancer killer in the U.S. for both men and women. Findings from the U.S. were broadly reflective of overall global results. For instance, in the U.S., 18% were current smokers and 56% had never smoked regularly, with American women more likely to say that they have never smoked than men (62% vs. 50%).

Annually in the U.S., over 226,000 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer and nearly 160,000 will die of the disease. Smoking is the most common and significant cause of lung cancer, which contributes to the stigma around the disease. People who smoke now or have a history of heavy smoking are at greatest risk for developing lung cancer, although some people may develop lung cancer who have never smoked at all.

“Patients are often diagnosed with lung cancer at a very late stage when treatment is no longer an option,” said Dr. Matthew Peters, chair of The Global Lung Cancer Coalition (GLCC). “If we can get patients diagnosed earlier, we can treat them and save lives. That is why being aware of the symptoms is so important.”

Overall, breathlessness was the most commonly identified symptom (41% of respondents mentioned it spontaneously on average across the countries) but a similar proportion identified a cough or coughing (39% on average across the countries). Others mentioned more specific types of coughing such as coughing blood or a cough that gets worse.

When asked what the symptoms of lung cancer are, those who had never smoked appeared most aware, citing on average 2.01 symptoms. In comparison with other countries, the proportion of Americans unable to spontaneously identify any symptoms of lung cancer when asked was fairly high (26%).

The research, which was carried out by Ipsos MORI on behalf of GLCC, was conducted in 21 countries. U.S. GLCC members include the Prevent Cancer Foundation, CANCERcare, the Lung Cancer Alliance and the National Lung Cancer Partnership.

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EDITORS NOTE:
For more information or to request a full copy of the report (country specific reports are also available), please contact Emma Dewar on +44333 323 7200/+447702 898 780 or emma.dewar@roycastle.org or visit http://www.lungcancercoalition.org.

ABOUT THE GLOBAL LUNG CANCER COALITION (GLCC):
Created in 2001, the Global Lung Cancer Coalition (GLCC) is an international group of patient organizations dedicated to supporting the needs of lung cancer patients. The GLCC is also the first truly international patient alliance to promote global understanding of the burden of lung cancer and the rights of patients to effective early detection, better treatment and supportive care. By serving as the international voice of lung cancer patients, the GLCC is committed to improving disease outcomes for all.

Global Lung Cancer Coalition Honors FairWarning’s Bridget Huber with 2013 Journalism Award

Monday, November 18th, 2013

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November 15, 2013

MEDIA CONTACT:
Jim Wood
(703) 837-3692
Jim.Wood@preventcancer.org

(Alexandria, Va.)—The Global Lung Cancer Coalition (GLCC) has selected FairWarning’s Bridget Huber as the recipient of this year’s 2013 Journalism Award for her piece “Stigma of ‘Smokers’ Disease’ Stifles Fight Against No. 1 Killer, Lung Cancer”. First runner up is Charlotte Huff, for her Slate article, “A Sick Stigma:  Why are cancer patients blamed for their illness?”

The Lung Cancer Journalism Awards were first launched by the GLCC in May 2006 to recognize exceptional journalists who have raised awareness about lung cancer, a disease that receives very little media coverage in comparison with other types of cancer. Past recipients include CBS News’ Katie Couric and Boston’s Sports Radio WEEI 93.7.

Huber’s piece illustrates the lack of public awareness and research dollars for lung cancer, the number one cancer killer of both men and women in the U.S. Huber also highlights the stigma around the disease, as well as its accelerated progression compared to other types of cancer.

“Bridget has written an outstanding piece that brings to light many of the major issues surrounding lung cancer,” said GLCC Founding Member and President and Founder of the Prevent Cancer Foundation Carolyn “Bo” Aldigé. “The GLCC commends her exceptional work in highlighting this extremely underrepresented disease.”

Gregory Sorensen, M.D., chief executive officer, Siemens Healthcare North America and Laurie Fenton Ambrose, President and CEO, Lung Cancer Alliance were also honored with a Special Recognition award for non-journalists for their piece “Ending the Stigma,” featured in the Huffington Post.

The Global Lung Cancer Coalition consists of organizations from 21 countries in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. The Prevent Cancer Foundation, CancerCare, the National Lung Cancer Partnership, and Lung Cancer Alliance are the four U.S.-based GLCC organizations. The GLCC members work together and with partner organizations abroad to promote global understanding of the burden of lung cancer and the right of patients to effective early detection, better treatment and supportive care.

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ABOUT THE GLOBAL LUNG CANCER COALITION (GLCC):
Created in 2001, the Global Lung Cancer Coalition (GLCC) is an international group of patient organizations dedicated to supporting the needs of lung cancer patients. The GLCC is also the first truly international patient alliance to promote global understanding of the burden of lung cancer and the rights of patients to effective early detection, better treatment and supportive care. By serving as the international voice of lung cancer patients, the GLCC is committed to improving disease outcomes for all.

Prevent Cancer Foundation Founder Recognized for Outstanding Work in Breast Cancer

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

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November 5, 2013

Media Contact:
Liona Chan
(703) 519-2107
Liona.Chan@preventcancer.org

(Alexandria, Va.)—“Living in Pink,” a nonprofit organization dedicated to the fight against breast cancer, recently recognized Prevent Cancer Foundation President and Founder Carolyn “Bo” Aldigé with the Noel Soderberg-Evans Award in honor of her outstanding work and contributions to the cancer community over the past 28 years. Presented by DC City Councilman Jack Evans at Living in Pink’s annual luncheon, the award recognizes “a leader in the community who best exemplifies the true meaning of caring and commitment to breast cancer patients and their families.”

A 1996 Washingtonian of the Year, Aldigé founded the Prevent Cancer Foundation in 1985 in honor of her father who died from cancer. Her tireless work has helped bring prevention and early detection to the forefront in the battle against cancer. She serves on boards of directors/advisors of six National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Centers and as a member of the boards of the National Coalition for Cancer Research, Friends of Cancer Research and the Intercultural Cancer Council. She has been a member of C-Change (formerly the National Dialogue on Cancer) since its inception.

She also serves on committees and task forces of the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Preventive Oncology and the Coalition for a Stronger FDA. She is vice-president of the Global Lung Cancer Coalition and a member of the steering committees of the International Digestive Cancer Alliance.

Over the past 28 years, the Prevent Cancer Foundation has invested over $134 million in cancer prevention and early detection research, education, advocacy and community outreach programs nationwide. Today, it remains the only U.S. 501(c)3 nonprofit organization solely focused on cancer prevention and early detection.

Dr. Rachel Brem, M.D., Director of Breast Imaging at George Washington University Medical Center was also honored at the luncheon, and Pamela Peeke, M.D., M.P.H., Chief Medical Correspondent of Discovery Health Television served as the guest speaker.

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About The Prevent Cancer Foundation
Founded in 1985, Prevent Cancer Foundation is one of the nation’s leading health organizations that has catapulted cancer prevention to prominence. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided more than $134 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research, education, advocacy and community outreach programs across the country.

For more information, please visit www.preventcancer.org.

Prevent Cancer Foundation Announces Winners of Third Annual National Colorectal Cancer Screening Competition

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

The Virginia Cancer Network’s project at rural worksites receives top prize

(ALEXANDRIA, Va.)—The Prevent Cancer Foundation awarded the first-place prize of its third annual Screening Saves Lives National Challenge to the Virginia Cancer Network housed at the University of Virginia Cancer Center in Charlottesville, VA, for its community-level “Colon Cancer Free Zone” project.  This four-person group is the winner of a $3,000 grant and a scheduled stop from the Prevent Cancer Super Colon™, a 20-foot long interactive educational exhibit, to enhance local colorectal awareness efforts.

The project will educate rural Eastern Shore worksites about the importance of colorectal cancer screening, good nutrition and physical activity. Through three interactive worksite sessions, the project will promote healthy lifestyle behaviors through group exercise and cooking demonstrations. The participants will be given colorectal cancer educational materials and educated about screening and their employee health benefits. Previously completed Colon Cancer Free Zones have strengthened many corporate wellness programs in Virginia by introducing new wellness activities and incentives such as walking trails, walking competitions, weight loss programs, and group exercise during the day, in addition to promoting cancer screening.

Second-place winner Wyoming Cancer Resources Services aims to increase colorectal cancer awareness and screening by distributing educational materials about lifestyle changes and cancer prevention and early detection. The group will receive a $1,500 grant and will partner with a local surgeon to discuss screening and colon health on the radio and at a food pantry, along with other events. The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe in Hogansburg, NY, won third place for their Community Wellness Day activities focused on health promotion and increasing knowledge about cancer risk factors and screening. They aim to use fun ways to educate the community and ultimately reduce colon cancer mortality on their reservation.

“There were 10 great Challenge groups for this year’s competition, all focused on making a difference in their communities in creative ways. The Foundation is proud to support the valuable colorectal cancer projects of the 2013 Challenge,” said Erica Childs Warner, Director of Evaluation and Outreach. All three winners will receive recognition on the Prevent Cancer blog, the Screening Saves website and in Prevent Cancer’s online and print newsletters.

ScreeningSaves.org also serves as an online community where individuals can share personal stories and experiences, try out interactive tools and learn more about colorectal cancer and screening. The Prevent Cancer Foundation thanks everyone that joined the Screening Saves community, all of this year’s applicants and sponsors Amgen, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Genentech.

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About The Prevent Cancer Foundation
Founded in 1985, Prevent Cancer Foundation is one of the nation’s leading health organizations that has catapulted cancer prevention to prominence. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided more than $130 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research, education and community outreach programs across the country.

For more information, please visit www.preventcancer.org.

New “Campeonas” Project Encourages Open Discussion About Breast Cancer Screening Among Latinas

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

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February 13, 2013

CONTACT:
Lily Echeverría
Spanish Catholic Center
301-252-8202 (Español)

Liona Chan
Prevent Cancer Foundation
Liona.Chan@preventcancer.org
703-519-2107 (English)

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)  — The Prevent Cancer Foundation is proud to introduce Campeonas contra el cáncer de seno, (Champions against Breast Cancer), designed to increase breast cancer awareness and screening among Latinas. Campeonas encourage their female friends and family over 40 to get screened for breast cancer.

Designed by a bilingual, bicultural team and pilot-tested in metro Washington D.C., the Campeonas program helps to address health disparities: mammography rates in the U.S. are lower for Hispanic women than for non-Hispanic white women. The program offers training for Latinas to share their own breast cancer screening experiences with friends and family, to encourage them to be screened.

The Campeonas program offers free-standing community-level materials: the novela entitled Un encuentro oportuno: conversando sobre el cáncer de seno (“A Timely Encounter: Talking about Breast Cancer”) uses pictures and conversation between friends to share information about breast cancer screening.  The easy-to-use, step-by-step training guide and free-standing community-level materials are now available to download in Spanish or English for FREE to community health organizations on the Foundation’s website www.campeonas.org.

“We are thrilled with the Campeonas project: it helps put the topic of breast cancer screening into conversation among friends and family,” said Karen J. Peterson, PhD, Vice President of Programs for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. “The project really benefited from the combined strengths of a dedicated and very talented team.  And all parts of Campeonas were created with input from women in the community to ensure cultural appropriateness, interest and usability. The Campeonas project allows for comfortable discussion about breast cancer screening.”

Funding for this project was provided by the Prevent Cancer Foundation and the National Capital Area Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

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About the 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 $130 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research, education, advocacy and community outreach
nationwide. For more information, please visit www.preventcancer.org

“Game Changing” Six Day-Nonstop Marathon Raises Over $425,000 For Cancer Prevention

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

(Chevy Chase, Md.)—The changing face of digital philanthropy has shown it’s astounding potential—gaming group Speed Demos Archive (SDA) raised over $425,000 for charity at their third annual six-day, nonstop video gaming marathon that wrapped up on Sunday in Chevy Chase, MD. Over 9,600 donors contributed over 15,700 donations with an average donation of $27 for the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s cancer prevention and early detection research, education, advocacy and community outreach programs. By the final afternoon, donations were averaging $1,000 per minute. Almost tripling last year’s total of $145,000, SDA has raised more than $725,000 for Prevent Cancer over the past three years. Last year’s marathon raised enough to fund a two-year research grant awarded to support a study that has the potential to lead to an early detection test for stomach cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death worldwide.

SDA focuses on “speedrunning,” or completing video games in the shortest amount of time possible. Grown from a small group playing in an organizer’s basement, this year’s “Awesome Games Done Quick” (AGDQ) had over 110 on-site participants and tens of thousands of viewers at any given time watching the live stream from all corners of the globe. SDA members traveled in from all over the U.S. and internationally (Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, Sweden and U.K.) to show their support and participate in the marathon.

“When we came into this year’s marathon we had no expectations at all of how much we would raise—we are still in disbelief of the results of this year’s marathon,” said event organizer Mike Uyama. “We are really happy to be working with the Prevent Cancer Foundation, it’s such a great cause—it’s the only cancer nonprofit that works toward preventing cancer before it’s diagnosed, and they really went out of their way to support us by visiting on-site, helping with food donations, promotion and overall guidance.”

Many of the gamers at the marathon talked about how cancer has touched their lives. One of those amazing stories came from three-time participant and cancer survivor Marc Dziezynski, who recounted, while playing, how he spent his 21st birthday in a hospital undergoing chemotherapy treatment. He and his wife Jessica have participated in all three marathons and Jessica attributes Marc’s love of gaming as having helped him through the difficult cancer treatment.

“The Foundation staff and board continue to be amazed each year by the commitment, time and talents of SDA and the thousands of individuals that donate and share their personal stories of being touched by cancer,” said Jan Bresch, Executive V.P. and C.O.O. of the Prevent Cancer Foundation. “We are extremely thankful to SDA for their tireless work to Stop Cancer Before It Starts!”

For more information on SDA, visit the group’s site: http://marathon.speeddemosarchive.com.

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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 $130 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research, education, advocacy and community outreach nationwide. For more information, please visit www.preventcancer.org

2012 Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K Is Most Successful to Date

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

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October 3, 2012

MEDIA CONTACT:
Liona Chan
(703) 519-2107
Liona.Chan@preventcancer.org

(Alexandria, Va.)–The Prevent Cancer Foundation raised over $110,000 at a successful fourth annual Prevent Cancer 5K walk/run on September 30 in Washington, D.C. Held at Nationals Park for the first time, this year’s event had the most participants and the largest number of teams ever, raising the most money in the history of the event. The proceeds will go toward the Foundation’s research, community outreach, advocacy and education programs.

Top individual fundraiser Allison Hutchins raised $3,025, winning a treadmill desk grand prize, generously donated by exclusive fitness partner LifeSpan Fitness. The top fundraising team was the Cancer Conquers also led by Allison Hutchins, raising $7,640 and winning a catered dinner for 10 by Windows Catering. Ginger Albright of the Cancer Conquerers was the second top individual fundraiser with $2,165, and Grant Allen’s team All in Against Cancer came in second in team fundraising with $7,455.

After completing the 5K walk/run around the stadium, participants were able to hit balls in the Nationals batting cages, hang out in the Nats dugout, meet Washington Kastles mascot Topspin and the Nats racing president Teddy. Many received on-site flu shots from Walgreens and free oral cancer screenings as well.

“I was truly humbled and overwhelmed by the support the entire community bestowed upon us,” said Event Chair Katherine Kennedy. “There are so many people to thank from the team captains rallying more teams and participants than ever before to so many generous sponsors and friends of the Foundation pooling their resources for this spectacular event. Truly a group effort to Stop Cancer Before It Starts!”

“This year’s event was an overwhelming success,” said Jan Bresch, the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “We were able to continue to expand our event this year at a fantastic venue and incorporate many activities in addition to the 5K for participants and their families, making a great day of cancer prevention and fun.”

Many thanks to generous sponsors Bayer HealthCare (Grand Slam), Johnson & Johnson (Home Run), Pricewaterhouse Coopers (Triple), Venable (Triple), Lilly (Double), Millenium Pharmaceuticals (Double), Genentech (RBI), 1-800 CONTACTS (RBI), MarcParc Valet (In-Kind), Subway (In-Kind) and exclusive fitness partner LifeSpan Fitness.

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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 $130 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research, education, advocacy and community outreach nationwide. For more information, please visit www.preventcancer.org.