Cancer Research Foundation Of America's Spring Gala Raises Over 1.3 Million For Cancer Prevention

Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation
Thursday, 16 March 2000

WASHINGTON, DC – The Cancer Research Foundation of America (CRFA) raised 1.3 million dollars for cancer prevention at their Annual Spring Gala, Amsterdam in Bloom: a celebration of Spring, held Friday, March 1, 2000 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

Proceeds from the Gala benefited two important CRFA programs: the 21 st Century Young Scientists Fund, which provides funding to keep the best and brightest young scientists engaged in cutting edge cancer prevention research, and the CRFA/George Washington University Mammovan, the area's first and only mobile mammography facility which provides free mammograms to uninsured women in the Washington, D.C. area.

"The Cancer Research Foundation of America's 6th Annual Spring Gala was an overwhelming success," said Carolyn Aldigé, president and founder of CRFA. "Thanks to the generosity and support of all those who sponsored and attended the event, CRFA can continue to support the career development of promising young research scientists whose work makes it possible to envision a day when a death from cancer is a rare event."

"In addition to supporting the career development of these promising scientists, those who supported the CRFA gala helped ensure that the Mammovan will continue to be available to medically underserved women. Since its inception in 1996, the Mammovan has provided free breast cancer screenings to 6,500 women and approximately 25 of those women were diagnosed with breast cancer at its very earliest stages," added Aldigé.

Gala attendees included: His Excellency the Ambassador of the Netherlands, Joris Vos; Hon. Spencer Bachus and Mrs. Bachus (AL); Hon. Ken Bentsen and Mrs. Bentsen (TX); Hon. Frank Carlucci and Mrs. Marcia Carlucci; Sam Donaldson, This Week With Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts, and Jan Smith; Hon. William Frist and Mrs. Frist (TN); Hon. Bart Gordon and Mrs. Gordon (TN); Fred Hassin, CEO of Pharmacia & Upjohn; His Excellency the Ambassador of Finland, Jaakko Laajava; Mrs. Ana Rocha Paris, wife, His Excellency the Ambassador of Portugal; Hon. Deborah Pryce and Mr. Randy Walker (OH); Hon. Pat Roberts and Mrs. Roberts (KS); Dr. Ian Smith, Medial Representative for Time Magazine; Hon. John Tanner and Mrs. Tanner (TN); Hon. Billy Tauzin and Mrs. Tauzin (LA); Hon. Edolphus Towns and Mrs. Towns; and Hon. John Warner (VA).

CRFA is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention of cancer through scientific research and education. Founded in 1985 by Carolyn Aldigé, the organization's commitment is fueled by the fact that certain cancers are preventable through lifestyle changes, yet more than 550,000 Americans die from the diseases annually. Since its inception, the Foundation has supported research, education and early detection programs in excess of $50 million.

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