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May 6, 2014


Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936
Chuck Council, Communications Specialist, DPHHS, (406) 444-4391

Bette Bohlinger Leadership Award will go to group who promotes cancer screenings


The Montana Cancer Control Coalition Screening and Early Detection team members will be awarded the annual 2014 Bette Bohlinger Leadership Award Wednesday, May 7 at 2 p.m. during the Montana Cancer Control Coalition (MTCCC) Statewide Meeting held at the Holiday Inn Downtown in Helena.
Kathleen Nelson (Butte), Penny Paul (Great Falls), Sarah Porter-Osen (Billings), Jean Raw (Lewistown), Shawna Cooper (Billings), Amy Fremier (Bozeman), Mary Schwammlein (Bozeman), Rita McDonald (Lame Deer), Sheri Pope (Billings), Nancy Lee (Helena), Melissa Baker (Helena), Lisa Schlepp (Kalispell) and Kristi Gatrell (Hardin) are being recognized for their work as part of the Screening and Early Detection Team.

The 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.

“Each champion has completed at least four individual campaigns within their communities that have empowered local businesses to make a difference in the fight against cancer,” said Lisa Troyer of the DPHHS Cancer Control Programs.

This will be the first time a group receives the award. The team joins previous individual recipients Porter-Osen 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 Early Detection Team exemplifies the intent of the award to inspire and lead others to prevent cancer,” Troyer said. 

The MTCCC, in partnership with DPHHS, was created in 2003 to educate Montana residents about cancer prevention. The group is comprised of over 200 state health advocates and organizations with the common mission to reduce the overall burden of cancer for Montanans.

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