Plainfield Woman Recognized by Colon Cancer Alliance
Saving lives from colon cancer is challenging, yet with the support and dedication of an outstanding group of individuals and organizations, the Colon Cancer Alliance believes a future free of the disease is just around the corner.
This week, the Colon Cancer Alliance announced the names of its first ever Sapphire Award winners, an eclectic mix of individuals and colon cancer advocates who are making a difference against the second leading cause of cancer death in America. The Sapphire Awards were created to recognize and celebrate innovators and leaders in the fight against colorectal cancer. Winners will be acknowledged during the Colon Cancer Alliance’s National Conference, “Redefining Colorectal Cancer Survivorship: Live Your Best Life” on Saturday, July 21, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.
“We are inspired by our Sapphire Award winners and the countless others throughout the United States for their tireless efforts in promoting screenings and encouraging conversations about a cancer many people are embarrassed to talk about,” said Andrew Spiegel, chief executive officer of the Colon Cancer Alliance. “Today, we are making progress in the fight against colon cancer but still too few people are being screened. However, when you have a strong community of people engaged, we know we’ll break through the barriers associated with this disease. It really does take a village when battling colon cancer and the stigma associated with it. The Sapphire awards allow us to recognize the success these bold visionaries have had in helping remove this stigma. We tip our hat to each award winner and thank them for all they are doing to bring greater awareness to this disease.”
Violeta Gnatz, BSN, CGRN, of Plainfield, Illinois, is the recipient of the Excellence in Patient Care Sapphire Award.
The award recognizes a distinguished health care professional who has gone above and beyond to make a positive contribution to the treatment of colorectal cancer. Violeta fulfills this role easily. For more than 25 years she has worked tirelessly as a nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital, 14 of those years spent working in the endoscopy unit where she leads the charge in educating patients and employees about the importance of colon cancer screening. Violeta is an active participant at many Society of Gastroenterology nurses and associates events all while continuing to provide daily care her patients.