The 41st President of the United States, George H.W. Bush,
traveled to Cameron Indoor Stadium on the campus of Duke University in
Durham, NC to recognize Duke men's basketball head coach, Mike
Krzyzewski, for his personal commitment and leadership in working toward
eliminating cancer as a public health threat.
Among the many distinguished roles he has undertaken during a lifetime
of service to our country, President George H. W. Bush is also the
founder and co-chairman of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer. Since
the organization's founding in 2001, when the former President
challenged a group of executives to "do something bold and venturesome
about cancer," "Coach K" has provided very personal and passionate
support and leadership as an Honorary Member of the CEO Roundtable,
a group he termed a "dream team" of committed, health-minded, CEOs.
The CEOs responded to the President's challenge by creating and
encouraging the widespread adoption of the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ which
has now been adopted by nearly 160 employers, large and small, in the
U.S. Today, more than 4 million employees and family members are
benefiting from the vision of Gold Standard employers. President
Bush has referred to the Gold Standard as "a marvelous example of
America's corporate leadership at its golden best."
On and off the basketball court, Coach K has also been a tireless leader
in the effort to reduce the risk of cancer, promote early detection, and
ensure access to quality treatment. When Coach K took to the court that
bears his name in Cameron Indoor Stadium, he wore a CEO Cancer
Gold Standard pin on his right lapel as he does at every game.
Wearing the lapel pin close to his heart represents a very pulic
display of his personal commitment to the fight against cancer.
"President Bush and Coach K share a personal commitment and a focused
intensity that inspires all of us to be bold in our efforts to improve
lives and eliminate cancer as a public health threat across the globe,"
said Christopher A. Viehbacher, chief executive officer of Sanofi and
chairman of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer.
Through the support provided by the CEO Roundtable, there is no
cost for employers, large or small, for-profit or not-for profit, to
apply for Gold Standard accreditation. To earn accreditation, a
company must establish programs to reduce cancer risk by eliminating
tobacco use at the workplace and providing cessation support;
encouraging physical activity; promoting healthy diet and nutrition;
detecting cancer at its earliest stages; and providing access to quality
care, including availability to participate in appropriate clinical
In addition to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sixteen NCI-designated cancer
centers and over sixty other hospitals and medical centers have earned Gold
Standard accreditation. CEOs from across industries are keenly aware
of the tremendous impact they can have in improving health, controlling
health care costs and making a difference beyond their organization's
walls in the effort to address cancer and other chronic diseases. In
North Carolina, Gold Standard employers include Aldagen, Inc.,
AlphaMed Press, BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina, Duke Medicine,
GlaxoSmithKline, Lowe's, Ockham, PPD, Inc., Quintiles Transnational
Corp., Red Hat, RTI International, SAS Institute, UNC Health Care
System, and Vidant Health. Other Gold Standard employers include
insurers such as Aetna, Cigna, State Farm and several other Blue Cross
affiliates; law firms, such as Hogan Lovells and Jenner & Block; and a
range of leading employers including American Century Investments, Dell,
Johnson & Johnson and Lowe's.
About The CEO Roundtable on Cancer
The CEO Roundtable on Cancer was founded in 2001, when former
President George H.W. Bush challenged a group of executives to "do
something bold and venturesome about cancer within your own corporate
families." The CEOs responded by creating and encouraging the widespread
adoption of the CEO Cancer Gold Standard which calls for
organizations to evaluate their health benefits and workplace culture
and take extensive, concrete actions in five key areas of health and
wellness to address cancer in the workplace. The Life Sciences
Consortium (LSC) was also formed by the CEO Roundtable on Cancer
as a means of bringing together leading oncology
pharmaceutical/biotechnology companies to enable a transformation in
research and development activities that will deliver more effective
oncology therapies to patients faster by collaborating on solving issues
common to all cancer companies engaged in drug discovery and development
that cannot be solved by any single company alone. For more information,
please visit www.CEORoundtableOnCancer.org.
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