C3 Director of Policy Joe Arite received the Cancer Prevention Laurel for Advocacy during a luncheon at the the national Dialogue for Action in Baltimore on April 2, 2009
The Prevent Cancer Foundation created the Cancer Prevention Laurel to recognize and celebrate innovators and leaders in the fight against colorectal cancer. Vince Papale, the former Philadelphia Eagles football player and a colorectal cancer survivor, presented the winners with their awards.
In honoring Arite, the Prevent Cancer Foundation said,
Joe Arite received the Cancer Prevention Laurel for Advocacy because of his dedication and work as Director of Policy at the Colorectal Cancer Coalition and manager of its grassroots action committee. Mr. Arite has been an enthusiastic advocate with his tireless work organizing such diverse efforts as the C3 Colorectal Cancer Action Center, Call-On Congress, Congressional Butt-In and the memorable Cover Your Butt campaign, which focuses on guaranteeing coverage of colorectal cancer screening and treatment for Americans. Mr. Arite’s commitment and ability to gently but firmly move individuals to action continue to make a difference in the prevention and treatment of colorectal cancer.
In addition to Joe Arite’s Laurel, Dr. Tim Byers, interim director of the University of Colorado Cancer Center, received the Cancer Prevention Laurel for National Leadership. Dr. Diane Dwyer was honored for her work as medical director at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Center for Cancer Surveillance and Control with a Laurel for Innovative Programs.
Before joining C3, Joe Arite was Manager of Government Relations and Public Policy for the Men’s Health Network (MHN) in Washington. A graduate of the University of Toledo, he began his career working on the Capitol Hill staff of Representative Vito Fossella of New York.