Posted on 11/26/2013

Cancer Coalition of South Georgia’s Community Cancer Screening ProgramTM has been recognized nationally as a recipient of a Mutual of America Foundation 2013 Community Partnership Award.

Each year, the Mutual of America Foundation sponsors a national competition in which hundreds of organizations compete to demonstrate the value of their partnership to the communities they serve, their ability to be replicated by others and their capacity to stimulate new approaches to addressing significant social issues. The award honors the outstanding contributions that the selected nonprofit organizations make to society.

Cancer Coalition of South Georgia, Inc. was selected as one of the top three organizations to receive national recognition from the foundation as well as a $25,000 grant to further its mission. Key to that mission, the Coalition’s Community Cancer Screening ProgramTM serves individuals in 32 counties via partnerships with Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Tift Regional Medical Center, Albany Area Primary Health Care, Primary Care of Southwest Georgia, Southwest and South Georgia Public Health Districts and others.

Representatives from the Cancer Coalition’s staff and board of directors including Jacqueline Grant, MD Director of Southwest Georgia Public Health District; Troy Kimsey, MD surgical oncologist at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital and Raymond Moreno, MD Medical Director of Outreach and Education at Tift Regional Medical Center recently attended the awards dinner in New York City and participated in the NASDAQ closing bell ceremony.

Denise Ballard, Vice President of Cancer Prevention and Control for the Cancer Coalition said the organization is particularly honored because the awards focus on innovative solutions to complex community challenges. “Through this award, our successful partnership strategies for increasing cancer screening in vulnerable populations have been shared across the nation. In doing so, we hope to encourage those fighting cancer disparities in their own communities to adopt our innovative approach,” Ballard said.

“Another exciting part of the award is the ‘Hometown Celebration’ where we will share this national recognition locally with the communities that we serve,” said Cancer Coalition CEO Diane Fletcher. The celebration is slated for spring of 2014 when Mutual of America Foundation leaders will visit South Georgia to locally commend the Cancer Coalition and its partners.

Mutual of America offers retirement and insurance products to not-for-profit organizations and corporations, and is dedicated to having a positive impact on society.

For more information about Cancer Coalition of South Georgia and the Community Cancer Screening ProgramTM visit

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