Chicago, IL – June 21, 2001 – Gynecologic Cancer Foundation (GCF), of Chicago, Illinois, has won the Award of Excellence in the 2001 Associations Advance America Awards program, a national competition sponsored by the American Society of Association Executives, Washington, D.C.
Out of nearly 200 applicants, GCF received the award for it’s Gynecologic Oncology Kit for Medical Professionals. This program is now running to receive a Summit Award to be presented in gala ceremonies at ASAE’s 81st annual meeting in Philadelphia, PA on August 4-7 or at the Summit Awards Dinner on September 25th at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.
82,000 women a year are diagnosed with gynecologic cancer. Awareness of these cancers among women and physicians is inadequate. In response to this the GCF brought together leaders from SGO, Office on Women’s Health, Center for Disease Control, National Cancer Institute, nurses, lay persons, advocate organizations and survivors to create an educational kit for presentation by gynecologic oncologists to medical professionals. This kit was sent to the Deans of all Medical Schools, every gynecologic oncologist in the country and is being disseminated by collaborating organizations. To date, this slide kit has been utilized in over 60 states, at major scientific meetings and as part of NASA’s telehealth series. It is downloadable from GCF’s website and because of it’s tremendous success funding has been secured to develop a lay version of this very important data.
GCF was also a Summit Award Winner in 1999, for its Women’s Cancer Network www.wcn.org. This award winning website enables women to access their risk of developing gynecologic or breast cancer and offers information on how to lower that risk.
Now in it’s eleventh year, the prestigious Associations Advance America Awards program recognized associations that propel America forward – with innovative projects in education, skills training, standards-setting, business and social innovation, knowledge creation, citizenship, and community service. Although association activities have a powerful impact on everyday life, they often go unnoticed by the general public.
“GCF’s program truly embodies the spirit of the Associations Advance America campaign. It is an honor and an inspiration to showcase this activity as an example of the many contributions associations are making to advance American society,” remarked ASAE President Michael S. Olson, CAE.
The Gynecologic Cancer Foundation (GCF) is the foundation of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists (SGO). GCF’s mission, in concert with SGO, is to support research, education and public awareness of gynecologic cancer prevention, early diagnosis and proper treatment. GCF advances this mission by increasing public funding to aid in the development and implementation of programs to meet these goals.