WASHINGTONThe Cancer Research
Foundation of America (CRFA) honored a member of Congress, a
journalist, and an antitobacco crusader with its 1999 FrontLine Awards.
The awards, honoring individuals on the frontlines of
communication in the areas of general cancer prevention and lung
cancer prevention awareness, were presented in a Capital Hill
ceremony during a congressional briefing sponsored by the National
Coalition for Cancer Research (NCCR) .
Todays recipients are three people whose lives and public
service or communications have demonstrated a personal or
professional commitment to this important mission, said NCCR
president Carolyn R. Aldigé.
Rep. Jo Ann H. Emerson (R-Mo) was recognized for her dedication to
raising awareness of lung cancer after the death of her husband, Rep.
Bill Emerson, from the disease in 1996. Abigail Trafford, editor of
the Washington Posts weekly health section, was honored for her
continuing efforts to educate the public on cancer prevention,
including lung cancer.
As an editor and syndicated columnist, Ms. Trafford has
championed the notion that the media has the responsibility to report
health news with insight and a critical eye, and that the public has
the right to be its own health advocate, Ms. Aldigé
said. Ms. Trafford was unable to attend the awards presentation.
Reducing Tobacco Use in Kids
William Novelli, president of the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and
co-founder of the public relations firm Porter-Novelli, was praised
for focusing the nations attention on the importance of
reducing tobacco use among the nations children.
When the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association,
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and a few others began our
association, somebody among them said, We want your group to be
a Tobacco Institute for the good guys, Mr. Novelli said.
Thats what we try to be.