FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 18, 2015
Contact: Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936
Chuck Council, Communications Specialist, DPHHS, (406) 444-4391
Montana Cancer Control Coalition to honor Lewistown’s Jean Raw with Bette Bohlinger Leadership Award
The Montana Cancer Control Coalition will honor member Jean Raw with the annual 2015 Bette Bohlinger Leadership Award Tuesday, May 19th at 11:30 am at the Montana Cancer Control Coalition (MTCCC) Statewide Meeting held at the Holiday Inn Downtown in Helena.
Jean Raw, of the Central Montana Health District, is being recognized for her work and her commitment to spreading the word about cancer awareness and early detection not only in her community but statewide. “Jean has been an inspiration to me since I first became acquainted with her,” said Rita McDonald, member of the Montana Cancer Control Early Detection Implementation Team (EDIT). “She is always willing to help with suggestions and find solutions for the different projects our EDIT team has become involved with.”
Raw, along with the EDIT team, has implemented an “Ask Me” campaign statewide to encourage people to get screened for colorectal, breast, and cervical cancer in which businesses provide cancer screening information to customers. “Jean has implemented her unique ideas to contribute to the success of our Ask Me campaign,” McDonald said. “My feeling about Jean is that it wouldn’t matter whether her job required her to be involved with MTCCC or not, her commitment would not change.”
Raw joins previous recipients: The MTCCC Early Detection Team in 2014, Sarah Porter-Osen in 2013, Diana Reetz Stacey in 2012, Cheryl Hackett in 2011, Dr. Thomas Purcell in 2010, Betsy Smith in 2009, Sue Warren in 2008, Rita McDonald in 2007, and Dr. Barbara Lloyd in 2006.
Bette Bohlinger died of acute myeloid leukemia in 2006 and following her passing the MTCCC created the award to honor an exceptional individual or organization that encourages, inspires, and leads others within the group.
The MTCCC, in partnership with DPHHS, was created in 2003 to educate Montana residents about cancer prevention. The group is comprised over 200 state health advocates and organizations with the common mission to reduce the overall burden of cancer for Montanans.
The MTCCC will hold its annual statewide meeting Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 in Helena at the Holiday Inn Downtown from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm. The award presentation will begin at 11:30 am.
For additional information, contact Nikki Campbell 406-444-7858.