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New England CEOs launch effort to fight cancer Initiative offers support for employers; focuses on risk reduction, early detection, quality care
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Pictured at the American Cancer Society CEO Against Cancer launch event are, front row, from left: Amanda Grappone Osmer, James P. Torgeson, Murray D. Martin, Howard Brodsky, Laura Sen, and Robert A. Cascella. Second row, from left: Michael Norris, Timothy Curran, Glen Villano, Michael C. Bourgoine, Josef H. von Rickenbach, Robert Wolf, and Donald J. Gudaitis. Back row, from left: Stephen J. Farrell, Gary Reedy, John Stewart, René Lerer, MD, David Seligman, Eric H. Schultz, and John Seffrin, PhD.
Twenty-one distinguished corporate leaders attended a breakfast event launching the New England Chapter of the American Cancer Society's CEOs Against Cancer on Wednesday, February 29. The event, hosted by Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford,
Connecticut, focused on the importance of developing a workplace culture of health and wellness, and included presentations by American Cancer Society Chief Executive Officer John R. Seffrin, PhD, and Gary Reedy, the worldwide vice president for government affairs and policy at Johnson & Johnson, as well as a panel discussion led by CEO members of the group.

Dr. Seffrin began by offering his perspective on conquering cancer in this century, noting that about half of all cancer deaths in the United States could be prevented if people avoided tobacco, maintained a healthy weight through diet and exercise, and got recommended cancer screenings.

Mr. Reedy followed by discussing the CEO Cancer Gold Standard, a national initiative that defines what CEOs and their organizations can do to prevent cancer, detect it early, and ensure access to the best available treatment for those who are diagnosed with the disease.

The estimated total cost of cancer to American companies is nearly $264 billion a year in health care expenses and lost productivity. CEOs Against Cancer helps corporate leaders identify opportunities to reducerisks and build a healthier workplace. Founded in 2003 in Chicago, the initiative has 15 chartered chapters with more than 400 members. The New England Chapter, which includes 33 CEO members who can impact the lives of more than 400,000 employees, is led by vice chairs Howard Brodsky, CCA Global Partners; David Hess, Pratt & Whitney, John H.
Stewart, Purdue Pharma L.P.; and Josef H. von Rickenbach, PAREXEL International.

CEOs Against Cancer members in attendance included Michael C. Bourgoine, Associated Grocers of New England; Robert A. Cascella, Hologic, Inc., Timothy Curran, Alstom Power; Stephen J. Farrell, UnitedHealthcare of New England; James C. Foster, Charles River Laboratories; Amanda Grappone Osmer, Grappone Automotive Group; Donald J. Gudaitis, American Cancer Society, New England Division; Jeffrey A. Leerink, Leerink Swann; René Lerer, MD, Magellan Health Services, Inc.; Murray D. Martin, Pitney Bowes Inc.; Michael Norris, PartyLite; Eric H. Schultz, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care; David Seligman, Best Doctors,
Inc.; Laura Sen, BJ? Wholesale Club, Inc.; James P. Torgerson, UIL Holdings Corporation; Glen Villano, Merchants Automotive Group (guest); and Robert Wolf, UBS Investment Bank.

The group also includes: Michael W. Bonney, Cubist Pharmaceuticals; Roger W. Crandall, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual); H. Andy Crews, AutoFair; Robert M. Dickey, Randstad Technologies; Robert A. DiMuccio, Amica Insurance; James Hoyes, EMD Serono, Inc.; Kevin J. Kelleher, Cartus Corporation; Tom King, National Grid; John Lundgren, Stanley Black & Decker; Jaymin B. Patel, GTECH Corporation; Joseph H. Petrowski, Cumberland Gulf Group of Companies; Ronald L. Sargent, Staples; and Robert K. Sheridan, SBLI.



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