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Wright Molina Award 2016

(left to right)Irene Wright, Kendra McBride-DeWitt,
David Wright, Gailya Walter, Frank Berger

David Wright, a colon cancer survivor and CCCR advocate, was awarded the Molina Healthcare Community Champion Award for his advocacy and promotion of colorectal cancer screening in underserved communities.  David was given the award at Molina's annual dinner and awards program on November 9 in Charleston, SC. 

The annual Community Champion Awards was established to honor the memory of Molina Healthcare's founder, Dr. David Molina.  This year's event honored 6 individuals from across the state for their selflessness, extraordinary service, and contribution to their community, especially those in need.  In addition to the award, each person was awarded a $1,000 grant so that he or she can “pay it forward” to their designated community organization.


SCOPY AwardDawndy Mercer-Plank, Dr. March Seabrook, and Dr. Raj Vasudeva receive SCOPY awards from the American College of Gastroenterology for their work to educate the public about the importance of getting a colonoscopy.  Dawndy received the SCOPY Media Champion Award for her coverage of her colon prep party held in March with the CCCR.  Dr. Vasudeva received the SCOPY award for the "Best Original Event Concept and Community Engagement" for his idea and participation in the colon prep party.  Dr. Seabrook received the Grand SCOPY award for "Individual Leadership and Advocacy for Colorectal Cancer Prevention in South Carolina".  Congratulations!

See full list of award recipients


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