March 07, 2005

Crapo Receives Recognition For Cancer Activism

Senatorâ??s preventive health care efforts result in award

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapoâ??s wide-ranging efforts on prostate cancer and health awareness were recognized last night on Capitol Hill. Crapo was awarded the first-ever 2003 William A. Schwartz Distinguished Leadership Award from the National Prostate Cancer Coalition (NPCC).In his acceptance remarks, Crapo talked about the planning underway for a third year of the Mike Crapo Health Awareness booths at local fairs in Idaho. Since being diagnosed with prostate cancer in December of 1999, Crapo has made health awareness a priority. He underwent successful prostate cancer surgery in January 2000, and is fully recovered. Over the last two years, hundreds of early detection tests for prostate cancer have been performed for free or at a reduced cost. He also noted that although prostate cancer only affects men, it is the women in their lives that bring the men into the booths.Additionally, Crapo has recorded numerous public service announcements on early detection and pushed for legislative measures that would focus more attention on early detection of all cancers.A satellite feed with remarks from Crapo is available this afternoon at the following time and coordinates:1:45-2:15 p.m. Mountain/12:45-1:15 p.m. PacificGalaxy 2Transponder 7 HorizontalDownlink 3840Standard audio# # #Also attached is a digital photo of Senator Crapo receiving the award from Monica Alexander, National Prostate Cancer Coalition. Photo provided by the office of Senator Mike Crapo.FOR INTERESTED MEDIA: A radio actuality is available by calling 1-800-545-1267. Press 327 at any time during or after the greeting and instructions. You can also access the actuality through the Internet at http://crapo.senate.gov or www.senate.gov/src/radio.