Public Service Award Winners 2002: Cindy Melancon, Fran Drescher and Beth Karlan, MD

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Cindy Melancon

Cindy Melancon is honored for her tireless efforts to raise awareness and education for ovarian cancer. Since her newsletter’s launch in 1993 with only 10 subscribers, Ms. Melancon has increased the reach of the publication to more than 3,000 in 20 countries.

Drescher
Fran Drescher

Television actress Fran Drescher is honored for for her commitment to gynecologic cancer awareness through her new book, Cancer Schmancer, which chronicles her experience as a uterine cancer survivor. She also participated in a Foundation for Women’s Cancer (then named the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation) public service campaign.


Beth Karlan, MD

Dr. Beth Karlan is the first member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists to receive the Foundation for Women’s Cancer (then named the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation) Public Service Award.  She serves as the Foundation’s Communication Chair and exemplifies informed advocacy. Her commitment to raising awareness about gynecologic cancers on behalf of the Foundation is commendable and greatly appreciated.

Spotlight

Visit the Sisterhood of Survivorship page to read “Dena’s Story” — by a vulvar cancer survivor who has shared her story and wise words, and channeled her energy into her National Race to End Women’s Cancer team.

Awareness

The CDC recently announced that fewer than half of American children are given the HPV vaccination.

Research

As of the July 23 deadline, 55 research abstracts were submitted in hopes of receiving one of only 6 grants from the Foundation. This points to a need for more funding so that the Foundation may award grants to every deserving applicant.

Education

The Gynecologic Cancer Global Health Forum will be Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 in D.C.. For more information on educational events and courses, click here.