From left: Richard Wender, MD (NCCRT), Laurie Fenton Ambrose, Susan Dentzer, Olga G. Sanchez, Carolyn "Bo" Aldigé (Prevent Cancer), Thomas K. Weber, MD, FACS, Andrea Roane, Lesli Foster, Monika Samtani, Caitlin Phelps (ACOG) at the 2014 Laurels Awards ceremony.

From left: Richard Wender, MD (NCCRT), Laurie Fenton Ambrose, Susan Dentzer, Olga G. Sanchez, Carolyn “Bo” Aldigé (Prevent Cancer), Thomas K. Weber, MD, FACS, Andrea Roane, Lesli Foster, Monika Samtani, Caitlin Phelps (ACOG) at the 2014 Laurels Awards ceremony.

The Latin name for the Bay Laurel plant, laurus noblis, is derived from the word “to praise” or to be renowned or famous. The laurel has long been a symbol of tribute, honor, victory, merit and reward. In Ancient Rome, heroes among the athletes, generals, emperors and poets received a wreath of laurels as homage to their service and accomplishments.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation created the Cancer Prevention Laurels in 2003 to recognize and celebrate innovators and leaders in the fight against cancer. View our past Cancer Prevention Laurels recipients.

Awards are made in the following three categories to recognize work in any field of cancer prevention and early detection:

  • Cancer Prevention Laurel for National Leadership: Awarded to an individual who has demonstrated exemplary leadership in cancer prevention and early detection at the national level.
  • Cancer Prevention Laurel for Innovative Programs: Awarded to an individual who has developed and implemented an innovative program in cancer prevention and early detection deserving of national recognition.
  • Cancer Prevention Laurel for Advocacy: Awarded to an individual whose personal passion for improving cancer prevention and early detection has resulted in positive change in the public, professional or political arena.

2015 Call for Nominations

We are pleased to announce that the 2015 Laurels Awards will be co-sponsored by the Prevent Cancer Foundation, the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Read the call for nominations letter from Carolyn Aldigé, President and Founder of the Prevent Cancer Foundation; Richard C. Wender, MD, Chair of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable; and Gerald Joseph Jr., MD, Vice President, Practice Activities, of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Want to nominate a colleague?

Simply provide a brief letter for each nomination describing why the candidate should be recognized and include a short biographical sketch. Be sure to indicate the award for which you are nominating the candidate in the letter. E-mail your nominations to Oyekemi Oyebode at Oyekemi.oyebode@preventcancer.org with “Laurels Nomination” in the subject line.

Nominations must be received by Monday, January 26, 2015.

Award notifications will be made in late February.

The 12th annual Laurels Awards Luncheon will take place during the 2015 Dialogue for Action™: Expanding Access Through Innovation on April 23, 2015 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel. Learn more about the 2015 Dialogue and register for the conference.