Chicago, IL – June 26, 2000 – Gynecologic Cancer Foundation (GCF), of Chicago, Illinois, has won the Award of Excellence in the 2000 Associations Advance America Awards Program, a national competition sponsored by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Washington, D.C.
Out of nearly 300 applicant, GCF received the award for its Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month Activities.
Every hour 10 women are diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer. In response to this, GCF launched the first-ever GCAM in September 1999, with a goal to educate women about the preventative measure they can take to guard against gynecologic cancers. An aggressive media campaign was conducted and efforts resulted in nine major magazines, 53 newspaper, 13 online and 52 television placements including Good Morning America and Today Show. USA Today.com featured 22 articles and GCF’s public service announcement featuring Cher aired over 4.300 times. Member physicians, advocate organizations, and survivors presented seminars and disseminated over 10,000 posters throughout the United States. GCF’s Women’s Cancer Network website survrys increased by 200% and calls to the 1.800.444.4441 information hotline increased by 77%. Over 200,000 brochures were mailed from the GCF headquarters.
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 tenth year, the prestigious Associations Advance America Awards Program recognizes associations that propel America forward – with innovate 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.