Marlo Thomas to Receive Research!America Health Research Advocacy Award

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

ALEXANDRIA, VA—February 22, 2005—Marlo Thomas, actor and national outreach director for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, is the recipient of the 2005 Research!America Isadore Rosenfeld Award for Impact on Public Opinion.

Thomas will be honored on March 15 at Research!America's ninth annual Research!America Advocacy Awards Dinner at the Willard InterContinental, Washington, DC. PARADE magazine is the host benefactor of the event and Sam Donaldson of ABC News will serve as master of ceremonies.

Thomas is being recognized for her tireless advocacy for children's cancer research at St. Jude. She has testified before Congress for funding for St. Jude's proposed Center for Pediatric Brain Tumor Research and Treatment and has helped solidify support for the hospital from the corporate community. She hosts the annual St. Jude Hollywood Gala, which raises $1 million per year for the hospital and its research, and appears in nationally televised programs about St. Jude's life-saving research and its impact on parents and patients.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, a center for research and treatment of catastrophic diseases in children-particularly pediatric cancers-is a research-focused hospital working to cure such diseases. Millions of children from all 50 states and more than 80 foreign countries have been treated at the facility.

Other 2005 Research!America Advocacy Award winners are The Honorable Nancy G. Brinker , founder of The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation; Angiogenesis Research Pioneer and Advocate Judah Folkman, MD ; the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International ; and The Honorable Paul G. Rogers , former chairman of the House Subcommittee on Health and the Environment and Research!America chair.

"The winners of this year's awards are advocacy standouts. Their hard work and dedication represent the apex of advocacy for research," said Mary Woolley, Research!America president. "Because of the actions of these leaders, as well as the many others who follow their examples, the promise of better health through advances in research will be achieved sooner, rather than later, to the benefit of every American."

Honorary Chairs of the dinner include William G. Anlyan, MD; The Honorable and Mrs. William McC. Blair, Jr.; Barry R. Bloom, PhD; Roger Bulger, MD; Joseph Califano, Jr.; The Honorable Frank C. Carlucci; Vice Adm. Richard H. Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS; David R. Challoner, MD; Carolyn Clancy, MD; The Honorable John Cornyn; Nils Daulaire, MD, MPH; Michael E. DeBakey, MD; Peter Dolan; Sam Donaldson; Robert Essner; Anthony S. Fauci, MD; Harvey Fineberg, PhD, MD; James W. Fordyce; James Foster; Julie L. Gerberding, MD, MPH; The Honorable Newt Gingrich; Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison; Robert A. Ingram; Karen Katen; Paul W. Kincade, PhD; Stephanie Lederman; LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr., MD; Alan I. Leshner, PhD; Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD; Margaret E. Mahoney; Afaf I. Meleis, PhD, DrPS (Hon), FAAN; The Honorable Dan Mica; The Honorable Bob Michel; Mary Tyler Moore; John P. Moses; Steven R. Patierno, PhD; William A. Peck, MD; Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi; The Honorable Robert Ray; Gov. and Mrs. Mitt Romney; William L. Roper, MD, MPH; David Satcher, MD, PhD; John R. Seffrin, PhD; Martin Soeters; Allen M. Spiegel, MD; C. Charles Stokes, Jr.; The Honorable Louis W. Sullivan, MD; Sidney Taurel; The Honorable Billy Tauzin; Samuel O. Thier, MD; Andrew von Eshenbach, MD; M. Cass Wheeler; John Whitehead; Peter Whitehead; Susan Whitehead; and Elias A. Zerhouni, MD.

Research!America is a not-for-profit, membership-supported public education and advocacy alliance founded in 1989. Its nearly 500 member institutions, organizations and corporations represent the voices of more than 100 million Americans who want medical and health research-including research to prevent disease, disability and injury and to promote health-to be a much higher national priority. Research!America's public opinion surveys and advocacy-based programs and publications are designed to reach the public and decision makers with messages that support a strong and vibrant research enterprise.


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