On November 13, Independence Blue Cross hosted more than 50 health care practitioners and cancer advocates for the seventh annual American Cancer Society Cancer Action Forum. The discussion about cancer survivorship was moderated by Dr. Virginia Calega, vice president of Medical Affairs at Independence. Other participants included:
- Jack Ciattarelli, former NJ Assemblyman and a cancer survivor. Ciattarelli offered welcoming remarks;
- Linda Jacobs, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, director of Cancer Survivorship Clinical Programs, Research, and Educational Initiatives at the Abramson Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania;
- Jan Schwartz White, member of the Delaware Leadership Council, American Cancer Society, and a survivor of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma;
- Tiffany Dawn Kendig, PT, DPT, MPH, CLT, director of the Revital Cancer Rehabilitation Program, Kessler Rehabilitation Center.
Independence is a long-time supporter of the American Cancer Society. The organizations have worked closely on several community events and fundraisers, including the Blue Cross Broad Street Run. Independence has sponsored the race for 23 years. It has raised more than $5 million for the ACS. Independence has also supported Coaches vs. Cancer since the program began more than two decades ago.
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