On Thursday, November 1st, Dr. Stephenie Kennedy-Rea was awarded the Order of the Bell from the state’s Mountains of Hope (MOH) Cancer Coalition. The Order of the Bell draws upon the concept of Chuck Yeager’s Bell X-1 aircraft that he flew when he broke the sound barrier. The recipients of this award are breaking barriers in public health and creating “a call to action.”
As the following excerpt from Dr. Kennedy’s nomination describes, ”Stephenie has been a shining light in the field of cancer control for almost twenty years. Her work has focused on reducing the cancer burden at the community level through partnerships with key community stakeholders…. As the Associate Director for Cancer Control and Prevention (CPC) of the WVU Cancer Institute, Dr. Kennedy-Rea has built and managed a program which focuses on practical and focused interventions to lessen the impact of cancer in the state while conducting research and teaching trainees to advance the science around which those interventions are based. She has been a tireless crusader for educating West Virginians on healthy behaviors and has spearheaded efforts to promote early cancer detection. The impact of those efforts and those of her team have been felt across the state and beyond.”
The MOH awards ceremony was held in conjunction with the Second Annual Shine a Light on Lung Cancer event and the Second Annual WVUCI Lung Cancer Conference in Morgantown. The WVU Cancer Institute and the Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA), a patient advocacy and support non-profit organization based in Washington, DC, joined MOH to bring hope, inspiration and support to the Morgantown lung cancer community and state. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in West Virginia and the United States taking more lives annually than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined.
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