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Who are you here for?

Posted by Maggie Klee on October 1st, 2014 | No Comments »

Events - Who are you here for? Those were the words that thousands of participants wore on their shirts at the 6th annual Dempsey Challenge held this past weekend in picturesque Lewiston, Maine. The Dempsey Challenge is sponsored by Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer, a national initiative to increase awareness of important resources available to people affected by cancer. Breakaway from Cancer is a partnership of four nonprofit organizations dedicated to empowering patients with education, resources and hope, wherever they may be in the cancer care continuum. As a representative of the Prevent Cancer Foundation, I was joined by colleagues from the Cancer Support Community, Patient Advocate Foundation and National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship. Together, we met teams of friends, survivors and family members, each generously sharing their stories, struggles and hopes. In return, we shared the resources of our respective organizations. The two day event kicked off with a walk/run on Saturday, September 27th, followed by a cycling event on Sunday, with riders biking distances ranging from 10 miles to 100 miles in the unseasonably warm 83 degree weather. More than $1.1 million was raised for the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing, created in 2008 by the Grey’s Anatomy actor in honor of ...

2014 Walk/Run was a blast

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on September 30th, 2014 | No Comments »

5k - Nationals Park went “green” on September 21 with over 1,300 runners and walkers for the Prevent Cancer 5k Walk/Run. This year’s event was a smashing success thanks to our participants and over 85 teams who helped raise more than $235,000. A crew of diligent and passionate fundraising superstars ensured that we reached our goal before the event even started. Vernon Holleman (12 years old), the Top Individual Fundraiser, raised $12,350. The Top Team Fundraiser (which was ...

Research progress report: Identifying a biomarker for ovarian cancer early detection

Posted by Jenny Twesten, Manager, Research Administration and Conference Planning on September 25th, 2014 | No Comments »

Research - (photo: Dr. Kast and his team dramatize attacking a cancer cell) The Prevent Cancer Foundation supports research in cancer prevention and early detection and has provided funding for more than 480 grants or fellowships at more than 150 of the most prestigious academic institutions and medical centers across the country. The goal of the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Research Program is to identify and fund innovative projects with potential to make substantial contributions to cancer prevention and ...

Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program recognizes leadership in prevention

Posted by Monique Smaby, Program & Communications Coordinator, Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program on September 24th, 2014 | No Comments »

Events - September 18th marked the 22nd annual Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program’s Action for Cancer Awareness Awards Luncheon. The program’s signature event, held on Capitol Hill, recognizes the activities of congressional spouses, media representatives and other advocates for excellence in cancer education, awareness and prevention. This year’s theme was leadership in prevention, honoring CVS Health, award winning NBC News journalist Nancy Snyderman, M.D. and congressional spouse Linda Bachus of Alabama. Investigation Discovery Channel’s Paula Zahn served as the ...