President & Founder

Carolyn R. (“Bo”) Aldigé founded the Prevent Cancer Foundation in 1985 in memory of her father, Edward P. Richardson, who died of cancer one year earlier. In the almost 30 years since its inception, the Prevent Cancer Foundation has invested $134 million in support of its mission: saving lives through cancer prevention and early detection, and has become nationally recognized as a leader in the fight against cancer through prevention.

Ms. Aldigé is a member of the board of the National Coalition for Cancer Research, having served for eight years as its president. She also serves on boards of directors/advisors of six National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Centers and as a member of the board of four additional non-profit cancer-related organizations. She has been a member of C- Change (formerly the National Dialogue on Cancer) since its inception.

She serves on several key committees of this organization, as well as 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 and National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable.

For her many contributions to the Washington, DC community, Carolyn Aldigé was named Washingtonian of the Year in 1996. She is the only individual who has received Public Service Awards from the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Preventive Oncology.

She has been honored by numerous non-profit organizations and cancer centers, as well as the National Cancer Institute. She has been invited to speak on numerous occasions to lay and professional audiences, both nationally and internationally.