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Senator John Glenn, Katie Couric Honored at National Osteoporosis Foundation Gala

NEW YORK, New York, October 27, 1999

Senator and former astronaut John Glenn and television personality Katie Couric were honored on this day at the National Osteoporosis Foundation's (NOF) Silver Linings Fifth Gala Awards Dinner Dance held at the Waldorf-Astoria and chaired by The Procter & Gamble Company. The awards presentation was part of the Foundation's black-tie fundraising gala, held to celebrate the advances in osteoporosis awareness, education and research.

John Glenn, honorary board member of NOF, was presented with the National Leadership Award for his endless work to advance the knowledge of osteoporosis through legislative efforts and NASA research initiatives.

Katie Couric received the Women's Leadership Award -- NOF's highest honor bestowed to an individual who has made unparalleled contributions on behalf of women's health issues, especially osteoporosis. She was chosen based on her outstanding news reports on women's health issues, which have helped educate the public about important prevention, diagnosis and treatment methods for osteoporosis.

Additional Honorees

Additional honorees included Robert Lindsay, MD, PhD -- NOF's immediate past president, chief of Internal Medicine and the Clinical Research Center at Helen Hayes Hospital, and Professor of Clinical Medicine, Columbia University -- who was recognized for his outstanding leadership in the osteoporosis scientific community. Dr. Lindsay, who received the Scientific Leadership Award, is known internationally as one of the premier experts on osteoporosis and, as NOF president, led the way for major increases in federal medical research funding. Sidney Taurel, chairman of the board, president, and CEO of Eli Lilly and Company, received the Corporate Leadership Award for his company's commitment to treating osteoporosis. Under Taurel's leadership, Lilly continues to build a reputation as a leader in women's health.

At the gala, David Banner of Tourneau Fine Jewelry announced a new partnership between Tourneau and the National Osteoporosis Foundation. He introduced an elegant white gold and pave diamond brooch, a replica of NOF's ivory lace ribbon, the national symbol of the fight for bone strength and independence. This striking piece of jewelry will soon be available to the public at Tourneau Fine Jewelry Boutiques, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Foundation.

Tourneau Fine Jewelry also presented cufflinks that incorporate the image of the lace ribbon to honorees John Glenn, Robert Lindsay MD, PhD, and Sidney Taurel. Both pieces of fine jewelry offer men and women the opportunity to demonstrate their support for NOF's programs of research, education and advocacy. "I want to personally thank David Banner and Tourneau Fine Jewelry for their creativity and generosity. Fine jewelry lasts a lifetime, just as bones should last a lifetime," said Sandra C. Raymond, executive director of NOF.

Osteoporosis -- a disease that gradually weakens bones and often leads to painful and debilitating fractures -- will affect one in two women and one in eight men over age 50 during their lifetimes. Contrary to popular belief, osteoporosis is not an inevitable part of aging, but is a preventable disease for most people. It now can be easily diagnosed and treated.

With more than 250,000 members, the National Osteoporosis Foundation is the only nonprofit, voluntary health organization dedicated to reducing the widespread prevalence of osteoporosis through programs of research, education and advocacy.

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