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ideastream “Cancer in NEO” Series Receives National Award for Cancer-Related Journalism

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Lisa Goss, Communications Specialist, 216/916-6134

April 13, 2016 (Cleveland, OH) – The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) announced the recipients of its inaugural AACR June L. Biedler Prize for Cancer Journalism, and Kay Colby, ideastream managing producer, is the winner in the Television category for her work on a series of Be Well health stories, “Cancer in Northeast Ohio,” a WVIZ/PBS ideastream production.

Each of the four award-winning “Cancer in Northeast Ohio” stories focuses on a different aspect of the cancer experience in this region:

  • living with stage IV breast cancer,
  • how targeted therapy works in cancer treatment,
  • early integration of palliative care in treatment plans for advanced lung and pancreatic cancers and
  • groundbreaking research into colon cancer biology conducted at the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The series can be viewed here: tinyurl.com/cancerneo.

The AACR Biedler Prize was established to raise awareness of the critical role the media play in educating the public about cancer and cancer research and recognize outstanding journalistic coverage for a lay audience that enhances the public’s understanding of cancer science. Colby will accept the ideastream award this Sunday, April 17, during the opening ceremony at the AACR Annual Meeting in New Orleans, which will bring together more than 19,000 cancer researchers.

The AACR Biedler Prize is named in honor of June L. Biedler, PhD, and its prizes are supported by a bequest she made to the AACR. Biedler was a former member of the board of directors of the AACR and recipient of the 1992 AACR G.H.A. Clowes Memorial Award, which honors outstanding achievement in basic cancer research.

Be Well, a multiple media health information project presented by ideastream, focuses on the art and science of health and includes interviews from health experts, in-depth health reports, coverage of community health projects and programs and wellness tips and tools available on-demand.

Funding for Be Well comes from The Dr. Donald J. Goodman and Ruth Weber Goodman Philanthropic Fund of The Cleveland Foundation, The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, The Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation, The McGregor Foundation, The Austin Memorial Foundation, The Dominion Foundation, The Saint Luke’s Foundation and The Community Foundation of Lorain County.


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