Young women from Shriners Hospitals for Children – Philadelphia visit Independence Blue Cross for GLAHM Camp. Photo courtesy of Shriners Hospitals for Children – Philadelphia.
Independence Blue Cross (Independence) welcomed young women from Shriners Hospitals for Children – Philadelphia to its offices on Market Street for Good Life and Healthy Mind (GLAHM) Camp, a program designed to empower adolescents who have sustained spinal cord injuries. GLAHM Campers spent the day at Independence, exercising in the fitness center, gaining insight from associates and learning about the opportunities that await them in the workforce.
Steve Fera, senior vice president of Public Affairs for Independence, and Terry Booker, vice president of Corporate Development and Innovation, spoke about Independence’s commitment to creating a universally accessible work environment. Fera and Booker are the executive sponsors of Associates Beyond Limited Expectations (ABLE), an Independence associate resource group dedicated to advocating on behalf of those living with disabilities through education and community outreach.
In addition, ABLE group leader Jimmy Curran gave a powerful talk about self-acceptance and living with a disability, two themes in his recently published children’s book, “Will the One-Winged Eagle.”