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Living in Pink, a non-profit 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 D.C. 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.” The award is shaped like the monarch butterfly in honor of Noel Soderberg-Evans who passed away from breast cancer and used to tell her children, “After I’m gone, if you see a butterfly, think of me.”

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.

Aldigé was incredibly moved and honored to have received the Noel Soderberg-Evans Award, saying “I think this is what cancer does to us. It makes us emotional. It makes us realize that we can all make a difference.”

Watch Aldigé receive the Noel Soderberg-Evans Award below: