News release: Minnesota Cancer Alliance chair receives national honor for cancer prevention efforts

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December 10, 2013

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Minnesota Cancer Alliance chair receives national honor for cancer prevention efforts

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) congratulates Warren Larson, chair of the Minnesota Cancer Alliance, for earning the 2013 C-Change Comprehensive Cancer Control Champion Award.

The Comprehensive Cancer Control Champion Award recognizes one volunteer coalition member or partner who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to advance projects or actions related to cancer identification, treatment, and prevention.

"This is a well-deserved national recognition. When Minnesota has needed someone to serve, Warren has answered the call by being a committed volunteer, leader, and advocate for community health and cancer prevention," said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Ed Ehlinger.

In addition to his public efforts, Larson, director of Public Affairs at Sanford Health in Bemidji, Minn, has a personal stake in cancer, as both he and his wife, Laine, are cancer survivors. This has strengthened Larson and his wife's commitment to reduce cancer, so that future generations will not have to face the same challenges cancer causes today.

Larson has been involved with many statewide Initiatives. With MDH, Larson serves on the Food Charter and Community Transformation Grant (CTG) steering committees and is a member of the Healthy Minnesota Partnership. He is also an active member of numerous local civic organizations, and holds board leadership positions with the Midwest Division of the American Cancer Society and the Minnesota American Cancer Society.

"There are countless examples of how Warren has proven to be a committed, accountable and action-oriented member of the Minnesota Cancer Alliance," said Craig Wethington, program director of the Comprehensive Cancer Control Program at the Minnesota Department of Health. "At the same time, his work at the alliance reveals only a portion of his overall dedication to reducing the burden of cancer."

This award adds to Larson's recognition both locally and nationally. He has been named Minnesota Rural Health Hero by the Minnesota Department of Rural Health and Trustee of the Year by the Minnesota Hospital Association, and he received the Louis Gorin award for outstanding achievement in Rural Health by the National Rural Health Association. Larson will receive the C-Change award during the luncheon at their 2013 Annual Meeting and 15th Anniversary Celebration on December 10, 2013 at The Pavilion at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

The Minnesota Cancer Alliance is committed to reducing the burden of cancer for all people living in Minnesota. It is a coalition of over 100 organizations from diverse backgrounds and disciplines dedicated to reducing the burden of cancer across the continuum from prevention and detection to treatment, survivorship, and end-of-life care.

C-Change was founded in 1998 and assembles key cancer leaders from the three sectors - private, public, and not-for-profit from across the cancer continuum - prevention, early detection, treatment and quality of life.


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Scott Smith
MDH Communications