The Cancer Prevention Institute of California will Honor Leaders in Business, Science and the Arts at 40th Anniversary Pioneering Prevention Celebration

Senior Research Scientist Esther John, Board Chairman Samuel Bronfman II, Get In Front Performance Co-producers Garen Scribner, James Sofranko and Margaret Karl, and the Stanford Cancer Institute are Honorees

FREMONT, CA (April 28, 2014) — The Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC) will celebrate 40 years of “Pioneering Prevention” by honoring six inspirational leaders and partners, each of whom is uniquely dedicated to furthering CPIC’s mission of preventing cancer and reducing its burden where it cannot yet be prevented.  The honorees include Senior Research Scientist Esther John, CPIC Board Chairman Samuel Bronfman II, Get In Front Performance Co-producers Garen Scribner, James Sofranko and Margaret Karl, and CPIC’s long-time partner, the Stanford Cancer Institute. 

The award recipients have demonstrated a deep sense of commitment, strong vision and tireless dedication to the cause of cancer prevention. They will be honored at CPIC’s 40th anniversary celebration to be held at the Gap Inc. Headquarters in San Francisco, Thursday, June 26th, beginning at 6:00 PM. 

The Saul A. Rosenberg Research Award: Esther M. John, Ph.D., M.S.P.H.

Esther M. John, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., senior research scientist, joined CPIC in 1994 and has served as principal investigator for more than 60 research studies.  She has sought answers to questions such as why the incidence of breast cancer varies so greatly among different racial/ethnic groups, and how lifestyle factors that change with migration and acculturation influence breast cancer risk among Latina women. Thanks in part to her research, we now have a greater understanding of why women with a family history of breast cancer, or certain genetic mutations, have a greater risk of developing breast cancer. 

Established in 1999, the Saul A. Rosenberg Award is given to an individual who demonstrates extraordinary commitment and dedication to improving our understanding of cancer. The recipient of this award has played a major role in cancer research, is a respected and honored teacher, has demonstrated leadership and vision, and is nationally recognized for the excellence of his/her work.

The Doris Fisher Community Service Award: Samuel Bronfman II

CPIC board chairman since 2004, Sam Bronfman is a respected leader who has a deep understanding of how to integrate CPIC’s organizational mission with a sound economic strategy. He has fostered opportunities for organizational advancement, provided guidance and perspective through periods of change and reflection, and contributed to CPIC's continued financial health.  Bronfman, whose association with CPIC was inspired by personal experience, has been a dedicated champion and advocate of CPIC's research mission, and a strong supporter of the organization's community education and outreach programs. 

The Doris Fisher Community Service Award was established for CPIC’s 20th anniversary in 1994 and named after one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most prominent business leaders and philanthropists. It is given to an individual who demonstrates commitment to cancer and the community, whose leadership has increased the understanding of cancer, and who has assisted individuals in accessing appropriate cancer care for themselves and their families.

The Outstanding Partner Award: Stanford Cancer Institute

Stanford University helped found the Cancer Prevention Institute of California in 1974, and the two organizations embarked on a long and fruitful journey of close collaboration for the advancement of cancer research. In 2005, CPIC and Stanford University became joint partners in the Stanford Cancer Institute (SCI), facilitating integration of research in the population sciences with both laboratory-based and clinical research. Two years later, with CPIC as its partner, SCI achieved the honor of National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, a distinction held by only 68 cancer centers nationwide.  

The Outstanding Partner Award is presented to a company, nonprofit or academic institution whose efforts, generosity and leadership have helped promote cutting-edge cancer prevention research and outreach.  SCI’s vision and commitment have contributed significantly to the success of CPIC’s mission.

The Inspiration Award: Garen Scribner, James Sofranko and Margaret Karl

Three exceptional artists and social innovators, Garen Scribner, James Sofranko and Margaret Karl, were inspired by the belief that through dance they could bring awareness to the importance of cancer prevention. Scribner, Sofranko and Karl used their collective vision to develop the world-class Get in Front dance performances, which have raised close to $300,000 for CPIC. They enlisted renowned choreographers and performers to donate their time and talent, secured in-kind donations to offset costs and maximize proceeds, and set the stage for success with careful planning and event management. 

The Inspiration Award is given to an individual or individuals whose motivation has led them to make a difference in cancer prevention through creative, resourceful, and inspired innovation and determination.  Recipient(s) of this award have developed events, programs or services that support CPIC’s research and promote its mission.

Tickets and Sponsorship Information

Tickets for the 40th Anniversary Pioneering Prevention event are $240 for individuals and support CPIC’s mission to prevent cancer before it starts. For information and to reserve tickets, visit www.cpic.org/anniversary or contact Sandi Farrell at 510-608-5003 or sandi.farrell@cpic.org.  For sponsorship opportunities and benefits, please contact Dori Ives at 510-608-5051 or dori.ives@cpic.org.  

About the Cancer Prevention Institute of California
The Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC) is the nation’s premier organization dedicated to preventing cancer and to reducing its burden where it cannot yet be prevented. CPIC tracks patterns of cancer throughout the entire population and identifies those at risk for developing cancer. Its research scientists are leaders in investigating the causes of cancer in large populations to advance the development of prevention-focused interventions. CPIC’s innovative cancer prevention research and education programs, together with the work of the Stanford Cancer Institute, deliver a comprehensive arsenal for defeating cancer. For more information, visit CPIC’s official website at www.cpic.org.
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