Virginia's Governor Bob McDonnell Signs Off on Virginia's Cancer Prevention Day

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Present at yesterday's signing ceremony was Less Cancer Founder and visionary of Cancer Prevention Day Bill Couzens, along with Senator Jill Vogel at Governor Bob McDonnell's office to sign off on Virginia's Cancer Prevention Day.

While we all want the cure for cancer- we must widen our lenses to see new and creative ways we can raise awareness to reduce risk for health and the environment. Bill Couzens, Founder Less Cancer

April 6, 2011 was the signing ceremony of the resolution for Virginia's new Cancer Prevention Day, naming February 4, 2011, and every succeeding February 4, as Cancer Prevention Day in the state of Virginia.

Bill Couzens, Founder of Less Cancer and Senator Jill Holtzman Vogel were present at the signing ceremony with Governor Bob McDonnell. Vogel introduced the resolution and was instrumental in its passage. Couzens was a visionary for Cancer Prevention Day that will now fall on every February 4 when Virginia's General Assemble is in session, providing law makers the opportunity for understanding the importance of cancer prevention.

Bill Couzens, who originally hails from Detroit, Michigan, is a graduate of Wayne State University and the Founder and President of the nonprofit Next Generation Choices Foundation and the widely-known Less Cancer Campaign. The campaign has worked to raise awareness for the reduction of cancer risks. Founded in 2004, Next Generation Choices Foundation partners with communities to create and dispense educational tools that focus on environmental health advocacy and lifestyle choices.

The public charity was formed in response to the escalating cases of cancer and the lack of education and knowledge about potential causes. Couzens has been recognized by Congress last year and again this year for Virginia's Cancer Prevention Day in addition to the Commonwealth of Virginia for his work in initiating and creating best practices to reduce pesticide drift in health effected communities such as schools. He has been published in a number of periodicals and has been a speaker on the topic of reducing risk for human health and the environment.

Next Generation Choices Foundation Board of Directors is newly chaired by gastroenterologist Thomas M. Sherman, MD of Rye New Hampshire. Dr. Sherman practices gastroenterology and internal medicine. Dr. Sherman practiced formerly in Warrenton, Virginia and was former Medical Staff President and Board member of Fauquier Hospital. Dr. Sherman is a founding board member of Next Generation Choices Foundation.

New board member elect Stormy Stokes Hood of Upperville, Virginia is a founding Partner of Paul Wilmot Communications. The client roster includes some of the world’s most respected high fashion and lifestyle brands — including Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta, Tommy Hilfiger, the Whitney Museum and the American Ballet Theater. Prior to PWC, Stormy was at Calvin Klein and Dolce & Gabbana in the Public Relations Divisions.

Also on the board of directors is Ronald B. Herberman, MD, Maryann Donovan, PhD, MPH, Veronique Pittman, Greg Lam, John Couzens and Miles O'Brien.

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