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Plenary Speaker - Katie Couric
Cancer Advocate, Host of “Katie” and Award-Winning Journalist
Katie Couric, host of the syndicated daytime talk show “Katie” and an ABC News Special Correspondent, is a renowned cancer advocate and co-founder of Stand Up To Cancer.
Spurred by the 1998 death of her husband, Jay Monahan, Katie co-founded the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance (NCCRA) with the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) in 2000. The televised broadcast of Katie’s colonoscopy led to a 20 percent rise in these procedures, which researchers dubbed “The Couric Effect.” Katie helped launch the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center, a multidisciplinary cancer and wellness facility. She also worked with the University of Virginia to establish the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center, named for her sister, who died of pancreatic cancer.
In 2008, Katie and eight other women co-founded EIF’s Stand Up To Cancer initiative, working with the entertainment community to engage the public in the fight against cancer by supporting Dream Teams of scientists doing research that will get new therapies to patients quickly. Commercial-free “roadblock” televised specials, which have been aired bi-annually by the major broadcast networks and a host of cablers, are a key component of the group’s fundraising efforts.
Katie lives in New York with her two daughters.