2013 National Challenge
The Prevent Cancer Foundation is excited to announce and support the winners of the 2013 Colorectal Cancer Screening Saves Lives National Challenge. The first-place winner is the Virginia Cancer Network in Charlottesville, VA. They will receive a $3,000 grant for their colorectal cancer awareness project and an exhibit stop from the Prevent Cancer Super Colon™. The second-place winner is the Wyoming Cancer Resources Services in Evanston, WY, and the third-place winner is the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe in Hogansburg, NY. Click here to view all 2013 entries and read how they are making a difference in their communities.
The Virginia Cancer Network’s Colon Cancer Free Zone project will educate Eastern Shore worksites about the importance of colorectal cancer screenings and living a healthier lifestyle through good nutrition and physical fitness. Run by four hardworking individuals, the project includes three interactive worksite sessions. In addition to group exercise and healthy 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 exercises 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.
To read about the selection process and prizes for second-place ($1,500 grant) and third-place ($500), see the guidelines.
The National Challenge is a project of the Prevent Cancer Foundation that aims to engage participating organizations in an online community supportive of colorectal cancer screening efforts across the country. Since 1985, the Foundation has invested more than $130 million in support of cancer prevention research, education, advocacy and community outreach programs nationwide.
Thank you to our judges:
· Bobbie Bush - South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency, Shelton, WA
· Faye Dotomain – Southcentral Foundation, Anchorage, AK
· Jasmine Greenamyer, MPH – Colon Cancer Alliance, Washington, DC
· Faye Hollowell, M.Th – Brown Buddies P.E.T.S. (Prevention,
Education, Treatment and Survivorship), Memphis, TN
· Adeyinka Laiyemo, MD, MPH – Howard University College of
Medicine, Washington, DC
· Ansley Mora – Gulfcoast South AHEC, Inc., Sarasota, FL
· June Ryan, MPA – Nebraska Cancer Coalition, Lincoln, NE
· Elizabeth Westbrook, MCHES – Kentucky Cancer Program, Bowling