PHOTO COURTESY DR. PATRICIA GORDON

Big Sky’s Dr. Patricia Gordon of CureCervicalCancer recognized as a 2021 Top 10 CNN Hero

Gordon will receive a $10,000 cash donation to advance the work of CureCervicalCancer across the world

On December 12, 2021, Dr. Patricia Gordon, Founder of CureCervicalCancer, has been selected as one of the 2021 Top 10 CNN Heroes and awarded $10,000 in recognition of excellence and impact. CNN created the Heroes designation for “everyday people doing extraordinary things to change the world” and these 10 Heroes were honored during the 15th Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute, which aired live on CNN from the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

"Every two minutes, a woman dies of cervical cancer – but through testing, we can stop this horrible disease before it starts," said Dr. Gordon. "This recognition from CNN is for the women who have suffered, the women we will save and for all the people who will help us prevent the needless loss of our daughters, sisters and mothers by curing cervical cancer.”

Based in Los Angeles but operating globally, CureCervicalCancer (CCC) is dedicated to the early detection and prevention of cervical cancer around the world for the women who need it most. CCC stops cervical cancer before it starts by detecting and treating precancer. Over 300,000 women die every year from this nearly 100% preventable disease, and the global inequities of cervical cancer are astounding. A disproportionate 90% of the deaths from cervical cancer occur in low- and middle-income countries, where the incidence is nearly twice as high and the death rate nearly three times greater compared to high-income countries, due to limited access to prevention, screening and treatment.

CCC has established 106 sustainable screening/treatment clinics in 10 different countries, which have screened nearly 170,000 women and treated nearly 9,000. The organization has trained over 650 healthcare professionals and over 300 community health educators.

In October, CCC launched Mobile Health for Mamas, a community-based testing and treatment project to bring mobile Human papillomavirus (HPV)-based cervical cancer testing and treatment to 10,000 women in rural Kenya. HPV testing is efficient, objective, and scalable, and it is therefore the global gold standard for cervical cancer prevention. It is the most accurate and effective tool we have to identify women with the highest risk of dying from cervical cancer.

With the $10,000 donation and an additional match of up to $50,000 made available by Subaru, Dr. Gordon and CureCervicalCancer will be using the funds to be able to build more HPV mobile clinics like Mobile Health for Mamas to bring screening and treatment directly to resource-poor areas where women need it most.

In addition, as part of the award package, Dr. Gordon will also receive media relations training from Fenton, the social change agency.

Since 2007, CNN has profiled more than 350 Heroes helping over 55 million people in all 50 states and more than 110 countries around the world. With a global reach of 78 million households, CNN’s Heroes Award has inspired millions of global citizens to volunteer and give back to their respective communities and others.

For more information about CureCervicalCancer, visit curecervicaclcancer.org.

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