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Society service helps patients navigate healthcare uncertainties

Regardless of the political climate, cancer patients have always needed help navigating the complexities of health insurance coverage to ensure they have access to quality care while maintaining their financial stability.  Because of this need, the Society created a unique service in 2005 to help patients and work with the Society's advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), to illustrate the needs of cancer patients and survivors related to insurance coverage.

Our Health Insurance Assistance Service (HIAS) works to help cancer patients identify health insurance options, and share patient stories, data, and trends with ACS CAN to use in working with federal and local lawmakers on policy changes to improve access to care for cancer patients. 

Extensively trained specialists provide the service and offer guidance to constituents with general and state-specific insurance needs. Not only do they work to help constituents resolve immediate concerns, but the patient stories they gather are used by ACS CAN to advocate for changes to the health care system that will benefit those with a history of cancer. This collaboration provides tangible examples of health insurance system successes and failures to facilitate policy solutions.

HIAS identifies health insurance options for which cancer patients might be eligible based on factors such as state and federal laws, family status, insurance history, income, age, and overall health.  The service is available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Read on for two recent examples of HIAS cases*:

Case 1:
Background: Renee is 58 years old and was diagnosed with a stage III gynecological cancer.  She is a widow with no dependents and receives $1118 per month from Social Security Disability Income (SSDI).

Problem: Her chemotherapy treatment was interrupted when she was approved for SSDI and she lost Medicaid coverage due to her new increased income. She needs new insurance so she can continue to receive chemotherapy treatment.   

Options: Medicaid was not expanded in her state, so she is ineligible to continue to receive assistance from Medicaid. Due to SSDI regulations, Renee must wait 24 months before she is eligible for Medicare. At the time this case was opened, it was open enrollment for private insurance through the marketplace. Her income means she should get approximately $860 per month in subsidies as well as cost sharing reductions leaving a silver plan at $0 per month with a $0 deductible and a $700 Out of Pocket Maximum.

Case 2:
Background: Austin is 26 years old and was recently diagnosed with stage IV lymphoma.  He is a veteran, single, not able to work, and has no income or dependents.

Problem: Before he was diagnosed, Austin lost his private coverage when he changed jobs. Now he needs help with the cost of chemotherapy treatment. His treatment facility is providing financial assistance, but he may need to pay nearly $600 per treatment to continue to receive treatment.

Options: He has not yet applied for VA coverage, so Austin was referred by HIAS to agencies that can assist with the application.  Before he was diagnosed, Austin was offered COBRA at $198 per month when he left his prior job, but elected to wait for eligibility for insurance at his new job. He is still within the 60 days of when he received his COBRA notice, so he can still elect coverage. He said that paying for COBRA will be more affordable than paying for each chemotherapy treatment. COBRA is retroactive to the date he lost coverage, so it would also cover the medical appointments he had prior.

HIAS has assisted a total of 66,680 constituents since its inception on April 11, 2005, and worked with 2,684 new constituents in 2016.  Constituents can connect with the service by contacting our National Cancer Information Center for a referral at 1-800-227-2345.

*Please note the names and identifying information have been changed.

  • Nominations now being accepted for three national awards

    Nominations are now being accepted for the Volunteer Leadership Award, Lane Adams Quality of Life Award, and the Trish Greene Quality of Life Award.  ​

    Volunteer Leadership Award: The Volunteer Leadership Award program is managed by the Volunteer Engagement team and nominees are selected by the Volunteer Leadership Award Selection Workgroup.

    To nominate a volunteer for this award, carefully review the instructions and complete the nomination form. Please note the name, credentials, and title submitted with the application will be used on all collateral materials including the certificate. A completed nomination form with the appropriate supporting documents must be submitted for each nominee via email to Caira Turner at caira.turner@cancer.org by 3:00 p.m. ET on April 28, 2017.

    Nomination Requirements
    The Volunteer Leadership Award is presented to volunteers who are living at the time of the award decision and who have served as a volunteer leader for enterprise-wide programs, initiatives, or Board level committees or task forces, other than as chair of the American Cancer Society Board of Directors (or of its predecessor, the "National Board") or as president of the Society, and to others who have provided long and distinguished service to the Society at the enterprise-wide level.

    All nominees should have:

    • Guided a major project or program that has become a part of the Society's ongoing program from concept to implementation
    • Served as an inspirational leader to other volunteers
    • Represented the Society before other groups in a manner that furthered the cause of the Society
    • Demonstrated commitment to the Society through contributions to the solution of operational and organizational problems​
    Quality of Life Awards: As the Lane Adams and the Trish Greene Quality of Life Awards are dedicated to recognizing individuals who go above and beyond throughout the cancer landscape, we encourage you to share this call for nominations throughout your community to your health systems and community engagement staff, and beyond. Nominations are accepted both internally and externally.

    To submit a nomination, complete either the Lane Adams or Trish Greene nomination forms. Please note the name, credentials, and title submitted with the application will be used on all collateral materials including the certificate. A completed nomination form with the appropriate supporting documents must be submitted for each nominee via email to Caira Turner at caira.turner@cancer.org by 3:00 p.m. ET on May 12, 2017.

    Lane Adams Quality of Life Award Nomination Requirements
    The Lane Adams Quality of Life Award is reserved for those unique caregivers who lead in their areas of expertise and make a significant impact on patients, families, and communities. Nominees for the Lane Adams Quality of Life Award can include individuals including physicians, nurse practitioners, RNs, social workers, chaplains, technologists, and volunteers who provide direct care, counsel, and/or service to cancer patients and their families. Society volunteers are eligible for this award, but Society involvement is not essential. Healthcare systems and family members caring for their loved ones with cancer are not eligible to receive the award. 

    All nominees should:

    • Provide direct care, counsel, and/or service to cancer patients and their families
    • Have a demonstrated record of outstanding performance that goes above and beyond the usual roles and responsibilities associated with his or her position
    • Serve as a role model to his or her colleagues by teaching/training/educating others either formally or informally;
    • Demonstrate innovative and collaborative approaches to enhancing the quality of life for cancer patients and their families by using creative problem-solving skills to eliminate obstacles to care or improve care
    • Create/develop services to fill unmet needs
    • Advocate for individual patients, groups, or system changes to improve care
    • Promote health care access outside their specific job/role
    Trish Greene Quality of Life Award Nomination Requirements

    The Trish Greene Quality of Life Award is presented annually to recognize an outstanding investigator in the field of quality of life research and recognizes the importance of the significant contributions of researchers who have devoted a significant portion of their careers to the various areas of quality of life, and have accomplished outstanding research that benefits cancer patients and their families. Nominees for the Trish Greene Quality of Life Award can include individuals whose research may be from any discipline in the oncology field, and the research may address quality of life concerns at any stage in the cancer continuum, from diagnosis through survivorship or palliative care. Recipients of the American Cancer Society Medal of Honor Award are not eligible.

    Nominees must be alive at the time of nomination and should:

    • Be someone whose body of work illustrates, over the years, outstanding, innovative contributions to research that improve the quality of life of cancer patients and their families;
    • Have a history of contributions to oncology quality of life research, including receipt of grants, publications, leadership, and honors; and
    • Not have previously been honored with this award.
    PHOTOS: Pictured in the top photo are this year's Lane Adams and Trish Greene awardees. Pictured in the smaller image is Jim Murray, our 2017 Volunteer Leadership Award recipient, with CEO Gary Reedy and ACS Board Chair Arnold Baskies, MD.

  • Atlanta staff join Gary for a walk-break on Fit2BeCancerFree day!

    Our CEO Gary Reedy and other CEOs across the country participated in our first ever CEOs fitness challenge – Fit2BeCancerFree – on April 19​​.​ One of the activities included an outdoor walk-break with Gary for staff in Atlanta. 

    CEOs Against Cancer chapter members were invited to participate in a one-day virtual fitness challenge to inspire healthy and active lifestyles within the workplace. The challenge was also designed to help corporate leaders build awareness, lead by example, and make a measurable difference in saving lives from cancer.

    CEOs and executive leaders tracked their steps using a step tracking device donated by Garmin. Real-time updates were posted throughout the day on a live leaderboard

    Staff were encouraged to join in on the fun and track their steps for the day and see if they could beat any of our leaders on the leaderboard. Taking the steps instead of an elevator or escalator, blocking off time on your calendar for an afternoon walking break, or take a walking meeting are all good tips for incorporating physical activity into your work day. And, don’t forget to log your activity daily on the RedBrick Health portal.

    Exercising pays!

    Through our Healthy You staff wellness program​, you can earn up to $300 each year ($75 each quarter) by being active and logging your activity points. The RedBrick Health portal provides easy access to expert guidance and support, including health coaching, online programs, wellness challenges, and numerous ways to earn points towards our quarterly bonus.

    Learn more about Fit2BeCancerFree

    Learn more about the new CEOs fitness challenge by reading our press release on cancer.org.

  • Chris Hansen's Monthly Advocacy Update

    ACCESS TO CARE

    ACS CAN Hosts National Forum on the Future of Health Care

    On April 11, leaders in business, government, advocacy, academia, and public policy participated in ACS CAN's sixth annual National Forum on the Future of Health Care in Washington, DC.

    The goal of the day-long forum was to examine the next steps in changing our health care system – with a specific look at what cancer patients need from a health care system.

    Experts explored the status of the current health care debate, changes needed to improve access and affordability, market stability, and potential approaches to system change at both the federal and state levels.

    In conjunction with the forum, ACS CAN released a new report, The Costs of Cancer, which examines direct costs associated with cancer with a focus on typical out-of-pocket costs incurred by a cancer patient. The report provides the total amount of out-of-pocket costs U.S. cancer patients nationwide pay for cancer treatment and examines three hypothetical patients with different cancers and what each might pay under employer-sponsored insurance, an individual plan and through Medicare. It does not account for indirect costs surrounding a diagnosis (such as lost productivity/work, legal fees, etc.). The report also suggests state and federal policies that could address patient costs.

    The report underscores the need for patients to look not only at monthly premiums, but also consider the value of their insurance through the lens of up-front costs, deductibles, out of pocket maximums and the adequacy of the coverage they receive for the cost.

    House Republicans Withdraw Bills to Replace Health Care Law

    On March 24, Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives withdrew legislation to replace the health care law.

    While preserving some patient protections, the legislation would have had the net effect of shifting health insurance costs to low and middle-income patients. And the inclusion of an increased age-rating would have proven particularly burdensome for cancer patients as incidents of cancer increase with age. The legislation would also have significantly reduced the standards of what constitutes quality insurance, curtailed Medicaid expansion and, over time, substantially reduced overall Medicaid funding.

    ACS CAN's goal from the beginning has been to urge lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to fix the portions of the current law that are not functioning properly so that it is strengthened and improved in ways that reduce the national cancer burden. We have purposely positioned ourselves as a resource to help federal legislators do just that.  As part of that positioning, our staff and volunteers executed a deliberate campaign to educate lawmakers on the adverse impact certain aspects of the proposed legislation would have had on those with a history of cancer or are at risk.

    We elevated the patients voice through volunteer mobilization, media advocacy, social media campaigns, direct lobbying and coalition work, placing a targeted effort on House and Senate members from 15 key states. Our "Keep Us Covered" Campaign placed the voice of cancer patients, survivors and their families front and center of the debate.

    In meetings with lawmakers, patient stories were particularly effective at providing the cancer perspective and illustrating how insurance market reforms in the current law provided greater access to preventative screenings and quality comprehensive health insurance coverage.

    The morning of March 24, before the legislation was ultimately withdrawn, ACS CAN communicated with Members of Congress about last-minute changes meant to appeal to conservative lawmakers. We expressed our concern that removing the essential health benefits standard requirement would be especially problematic for the cancer community.

    Currently, while the House and Senate are in Recess through April 21, ACS CAN staff and volunteers are redoubling efforts to educate lawmakers by attending town halls and scheduling meetings with members in their districts – like this April 11 health care reform dialogue event with Sen. Susan Collins of Maine.

    While efforts to repeal the health care law are currently delayed, changes continue to be considered. ACS CAN is closely monitoring developments.

    CMS Releases Final ACA Market Stabilization Rule

    Late yesterday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule aimed at stabilizing the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) individual health insurance market. The rule could impede patients' access to special enrollment periods (SEPs), reduce the number of Essential Community Providers with which plans must contract and decrease the actuarial value of some plans sold in the marketplace—leaving patients susceptible to higher out-of-pocket costs.

    ACS CAN submitted detailed comments to CMS March 7, when the rule was first proposed. The final rule, which is largely unchanged from the proposed version, did not address the concerns raised by ACS CAN regarding potential impact on those with a history of cancer.

    ACTIVITIES IN THE STATES

    • The Arkansas legislature passed a bill that will provide parity in health coverage between oral chemotherapy and IV administered chemotherapy. The legislature also passed a colorectal cancer screening bill setting up a state-wide screening program for underserved individuals. Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed both bills into law making Arkansas the 43rd state with oral chemotherapy parity.
    • On March 1, the Iowa legislature passed a bill allowing pharmacists to substitute interchangeable biologic medications. The measure, signed by Gov. Terry Branstad, met ACS CAN's patient protection standards and there is hope that the substitutions may prove less expensive. The law is effective July 1 and brings the count of states allowing biologic medication substitutions to 23.

    CANCER RESEARCH, PREVENTION AND EARLY DETECTION

    President's Budget Proposes Cuts to Cancer Research

    The President's budget proposal, released March 16, covers funding for the remainder of the current fiscal year (FY17) and next year (FY18). The federal government is the nation's largest single funder of cancer research and prevention. The budget submitted to Congress would:

    • cut funding of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by $1.2 billion;
    • scale back programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including funding for state cancer registries and tobacco control, by $65 million this year (FY17);
    • reduce funding to the NIH by an additional $5.8 billion next year, including an estimated $1 billion cut to the National Cancer Institute (NCI); and
    • cut funding for cancer prevention and other chronic disease programs by half and consolidate them into block grants for states.

    The proposed cut to the NIH budget for next year would constitute the largest reduction in medical research funding in history. If enacted, these cuts would also wipe out funding for the Cancer Moonshot initiative approved by Congress late last year with strong bipartisan support and the enabled funding in the 21st Century Cures Act. It would, in effect, set the NIH back nearly 20 years and prove disastrous.

    The current temporary spending bill expires at the end of April and Congress is working to complete a final FY 2017 spending bill.  ACS CAN's grassroots network has been actively engaged since the budget proposal was released. We are urging lawmakers from all parties to reject these steep budget cuts and sustain critical investment in lifesaving, innovative research and cancer prevention programs by increasing funding for the NIH this year. Roughly 12,000 volunteers have sent more than 36,000 messages to Members of Congress, urging them to protect medical research and prevention funding. Our "#NoCutsforCancer" hashtag has generated 750,000 impressions on Twitter and Instagram. We are also engaging representatives in their home districts during the House and Senate Recess to urge them to protect and expand cancer research funding.

    We are particularly gratified that two of the most influential GOP lawmakers, Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt and Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole, have spoken out against cuts and in support of NIH funding. Sen. Blunt and Rep. Cole each chair the subcommittee with jurisdiction over Health and Human Services appropriations. These key committees set funding levels for the NIH. Both Sen. Blunt and Rep. Cole have made known their intention to press instead for Congress to raise, rather than cut, the institutes' annual $32 billion budget.

    ACS CAN continues mobilize and engage representatives in their home districts during the House and Senate Recess to urge them to support cancer research funding.

    TOBACCO CONTROL

    State & Local Advances

    Kentucky passed legislation requiring all state insurers, including Medicaid and private insurers, to cover treatments recommended by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) for tobacco cessation. 

    Notable tobacco control measures advanced in other communities as well.

    Smoke-free

    • Two new local smoke-free ordinances, both including e-cigarettes, recently passed in the cities of Brookshire and New Braunfels, Texas. Even without a statewide smoke-free law, the size of Texas coupled with its number of similar local laws, mean that only four other states protect more residents from secondhand smoke in all workplaces and public places.
    • The cities of West Covina and Benicia, California each enacted a smoke-free parks ordinance. Benicia's ordinance became effective immediately and prohibits smoking in all parks, recreation trails and recreation facilities.
    • Beverly Hills, California strengthened its smoke-free outdoor dining ordinance by adopting amendments extending smoking regulations surrounding open-air dining from 5 to 20 feet and include public rights-of-way such as sidewalks and alleyways.
    • In Pennsylvania, the Allegheny County Council, which includes the greater Pittsburgh area, passed an ACS CAN-backed measure to include e-cigarettes in the county's smoke-free law. The ordinance took effect on March 20.
    • On March 6, Howard County, Indiana passed a comprehensive smoke-free ordinance, including e-cigs, and simultaneously strengthened the existing ordinance in its county seat, Kokomo, by extending to bars and private clubs. The indoor measures were effective April 1, and will extend to events at outdoor parks on July 1.
    • On March 8, the Minneapolis Parks Board passed a policy making all city parks, recreation facilities, and buildings tobacco-free, including e-cigs and other tobacco products. Often ranked as the best city park system in the country, Minneapolis parks cover almost 7,000 acres and host over 21 million visits annually. The measure is effective May 8.

    Tobacco-21

    • Guam currently has the highest adult smoking rate in the United States and its territories. On March 22, Guam's bill to raise the age of tobacco purchase to 21. A unanimous legislative vote was garnered by tireless advocacy of ACS CAN volunteers, including gathering over 1,500 petition signatures and presenting testimony by military veterans. The T21 measure (effective Jan 1, 2018) combined with last year's smoke-free law, should have a dramatic effect on future tobacco consumption.
    • Trenton, New Jersey raised the age of permissible sale of tobacco products from 19 to 21. The ACS CAN-backed measure became effective on March 8. 
    • On April 13, a newly-passed ordinance in Lane County, Oregon will prohibit anyone under age 21 from purchasing tobacco products.

    QUALITY OF LIFE

    Arkansas Passes Palliative Care Bill

    Palliative care legislation which recently passed both legislative houses in Arkansas has been signed into law by Gov. Asa Hutchinson. This new law will call attention to the importance of palliative care by setting up a review committee and providing an outlet for the Arkansas Department of Health to share palliative care resources on its website. 

    GLOBAL HEALTH

    ACS CAN Hosts Group Effort to End Cervical Cancer Deaths Worldwide

    On March 21, ACS CAN hosted a meeting of 23 organizations prepared to participate in an advocacy campaign to end cervical cancer deaths worldwide. The meeting, led in collaboration with Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon (PRRR), examined cervical cancer advocacy efforts to date, wrestled with messaging and approaches to Congress and executive branch agencies, and decided on follow-on actions. Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, an independent affiliate of the George W. Bush Institute, is a global partnership of national governments, non-governmental (NGO) and multilateral organizations, foundations and corporations with a shared goal of reducing deaths from cervical cancer and breast cancer in low- and middle-income countries. 

    Agreeing that cervical cancer should be a part of America's global health assistance program, the group is planning a Capitol Hill Day on April 25 in Washington, DC. Other advocacy actions underway include the circulation of sign-on letters to generate policymaker support and the inclusion of cervical cancer in future discussions with U.S. Government officials. These actions reinforce requests that ACS CAN and PRRR are making to congressional appropriators for specific language to be included in the FY18 State and Foreign Operations appropriations bill.

  • Volunteer model recommendations webinar replay now available

    On Wednesday, April 12, a webinar provided a preview and opportunity for feedback of a new volunteer leadership model recommendation that will be presented to the American Cancer Society Board of Directors later this month. A replay of that webinar is now available. A Leadership Model workgroup of the Advisory Group on Volunteer Engagement has worked since January to formulate the recommendation. They have received feedback from more than 300 volunteer leaders across the organization. Their feedback significantly contributed to these recommendations.

    Following final Board approval, a Transition Workgroup of the Advisory Group on Volunteer Engagement will develop the tools and resources necessary to roll-out the recommendations. It is anticipated that this will happen over the summer with final implementation in the fall.

    If you have questions or want to provide further input, please send an email to ourpathforward@cancer.org

  • Dr. Wender looks back on Countdown to 2018

    The blog on the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable site now includes a new entry by Rich Wender, MD, our chief cancer control officer, and Anjelica Davis, president of Fight Colorectal Cancer, recapping the March 1 Countdown to 2018 live broadcast from the Hard Rock Café in New York City.

    "We’re seeing incredible gains in the screening rate, including nearly 4 million additional adults age 50 and older screened between 2013 and 2015 alone – which will mean 39,000 lives saved if we can keep the rate up," they wrote.​

    "A spectacular byproduct of setting an audacious goal like 80% by 2018 is collaboration. Bold goals tend to spark ideas, strengthen team efforts, and pool resources, so that together we can achieve great things. Across the country, we have seen 80% by 2018 partners work together and collaborate in their own communities to turn bridges and buildings blue, to screen more patients in practice, and to pitch in and figure out how we prevent our friends, families and neighbors from getting this disease."

    The event showcased an array of advocates for screening, including journalist Katie Couric, whose first husband died of colon cancer at age 42; actor Luke Perry, whose best friend’s wife was diagnosed with the disease; Broadway actress Karen Walsh, a survivor; professional race car driver Scott Lagasse Jr., and more. 

    Read the full entry here. It includes statistics on viewers and social media engagements.

    And, if you missed the broadcast or want to watch it again, here's the link to the Countdown to 2018 replay.​

  • New ACS CAN report examines expected patient out-of-pocket costs for common cancer diagnoses

    Cancer has a tremendous financial impact on patients and survivors, and their families, according a new American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) report.

    The Costs of Cancer, Addressing Patient Costs is the first ACS CAN report to examine the costs of treating cancer, and specifically the out-of-pocket portion patients face. Using three hypothetical patient profiles, the report looks at costs for three of the most common cancers—breast, lung, and colorectal under three types of insurance—employer-sponsored, Medicare, and an individual exchange plan.

    The report was released this morning at the organization's sixth annual National Forum on the Future of Health Care in Washington, D.C. The day-long forum is an opportunity for leaders in business, advocacy, academia, and public policy to come together to talk about changes in the health insurance market, and what cancer patients need from a health care system.

    Key report findings include:

    • U.S. cancer patients paid nearly $4 billion in out-of-pocket costs in 2014, and the disease cost the country $87.8 billion in cancer-related health care spending.
    • A lower-premium insurance plan may not actually save cancer patients money in the long run. These types of plans often have high cost-sharing and cancer patients are high utilizers of care.
    • Even with insurance, cancer patients often face unpredictable or unmanageable costs including high co-insurance, high deductibles, having to seek out-of-network care, and needing a treatment that is not covered by their health plan.

    The report also provides public policy recommendations for making cancer treatments more affordable for patients and survivors.

    The full Cost of Cancer report is available at acscan.org

    Access to quality health insurance is essential to making cancer care affordable for patients and survivors. ACS CAN is working to ensure people affected by cancer maintain access to uninterrupted insurance coverage, and those who are currently uninsured gain access to coverage that includes recommended cancer prevention and treatment. 

  • Help fight cervical cancer by completing a short survey

    ​In order to help the American Cancer Society further a valuable partnership with Rotary International, we've created a short survey to help us better understand the current and past relationships between American Cancer Society staff/volunteers and Rotary clubs on the local level.  

    We are asking all staff and leadership volunteers who are members of Rotary (Rotary, Interact, or Rotaract), or who have worked in partnership with Rotary in an ACS staff or volunteer capacity, to complete the survey by April 26.

    The information collected through this survey will help the American Cancer Society strengthen our ties with Rotary International and foster future collaborations around eliminating cervical cancer on a global scale.

    Eradicating cervical cancer is an extremely high priority for the Society, and collaborating with nationally well-known and well-respected organizations like Rotary International are imperative to helping us raise awareness and support for this important work.

    We appreciate your support in this effort!

  • Introducing Fit2BeCancerFree: A fitness challenge for CEOs

    Gary Reedy recently invited CEOs Against Cancer chapter members to participate in our first ever one-day CEOs fitness challenge – Fit2BeCancerFree – which will take place on Wednesday, April 19. 

    The fitness challenge is a step-tracking event held to inspire healthy and active lifestyles within the workplace, and to celebrate National Cancer Control Month in April. Additionally, the challenge is designed to help corporate leaders build awareness, lead by example, and make a measurable difference in saving lives from cancer.

    On April 19, the fun will begin with CEOs and executive leaders across the country tracking their steps using a step tracking device donated by Garmin. Real-time updates will be posted throughout the day on a live leader board hosted on cancer.org. Which CEO will lead the pack?  We can't wait to find out!  The top 20 participants will receive bragging rights, with the overall winning CEO getting a chance to have dinner with Gary.

    Fit2BeCancerFree was created as a fundraising opportunity, as well as a way to further engage the executive leadership audience beyond their local CEOs Against Cancer chapters through a national platform – fueled by a little bit of friendly competition. CEOs will be paying a $2,500 entry fee to participate.

    The hope is that this year's success will drive even greater engagement and fundraising success in years to come, shining a light on the collective power of CEOs to make change in the workplace and their high-profile support of the American Cancer Society's mission to save more lives from cancer. 

    On April 19, follow the leaderboard at cancer.org/ceoschallenge to track the results of top participants throughout the day.