National Advisory Board of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association Announces Leadership Changes and New Member

Posted: Aug 2, 2017 | Posted by Kassy Perry

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Waco, Texas (August 1, 2017) – The National Collegiate Equestrian’s Association’s (NCEA) National Advisory Board (NAB) announces the new leadership structure approved this summer. Tom O’Mara and John Hull will assume the position as co-chairs of the NAB for the next two years. Ongoing support from past co-chair Kelly Chapman will provide for an effective transition as she will remain as a member of the NAB. David May’s term on the NAB expires after serving as one of the primary architects of the NAB. Chapman and May were integral in the establishment of the NAB and provided the structure and network to support the growth of NCAA Equestrian toward championship status. “The NCEA truly appreciates the early efforts of David May and Kelly Chapman in building the NAB into a recognized entity. We are excited about the leadership transition and look forward to working closely with John Hull and Tom O’Mara,” said Dr. Leah Fiorentino, Executive Director of the NCEA.

In addition to the new leadership team, the NAB also welcomes a new member, Rebekah Farber of Los Angeles, California. Ms. Farber’s career began as a leader in the development of corporate training programs but she has spent the last 25 years as a leader of non-profit boards of trustees specializing in governance and advancement both in her local community as well as nationally. She has been active in the equestrian community as both an owner, parent, and competitor. Her daughter, Emma Farber, rides on the hunt seat team at the University of South Carolina. “I look forward to the opportunity to support and promote young women through collegiate athletics to become both professional and amateur equestrians with strong academic foundations” said Ms. Farber of her upcoming position on the NAB.  She replaces Chuck Fry as the University of South Carolina liaison. Mr. Fry was a founding member of the NAB and provided a strong connection to the West Coast equestrian community.

“The NCEA and NAB are unwavering in our commitment to the nation’s leading collegiate equestrian athletes. By increasing investment in a ripple effect, we can improve the sport, give voice to the athletes and coaches, and cultivate women leaders for the future. I’ve enjoyed my time and investment with the NCEA and see a very bright future. Our new members have a recognizable passion for the sport and will continue the positive movement started two years ago,” said John Hull, NAB co-chair.

“The NAB continues to be the external strength of collegiate equestrian efforts. Our current financial stability can be connected directly to their guidance on several important items. The idea to bridge the corporate leaders with the collegiate sport leadership is an innovative approach to stabilizing non-revenue generating sports on the college campus,” said Dr. Leah Fiorentino.

The NCEA will continue to provide guidance to the oversight of the sport of collegiate riding, while the NAB will focus on raising awareness and building cohesive industry support on the relevance and value of women’s equestrian. The NAB is committed to elevate and advance equestrian to the most sustainable and strongest of all NCAA women’s sports. The NAB has recommitted to its strategic plan focused on the development of financial stability in the form of effective marketing of Equestrian to provide revenue streams for three distinct efforts, 1) the NCEA national championship event, 2) the development of grants for current and new collegiate equestrian teams, and 3) the expenses associated with operating the NCEA. “I look forward to working with John Hull as co-chair and all the other members of the NAB towards the continued successful growth of Equestrian as an NCAA sport,” said Tom O’Mara, NAB co-chair.

NCEA NAB members include:

  • John Hull (Co-chair), Owner and Vice President, Emergency Radio Service, Inc.
  • Tom O’Mara, Corporate Leadership, Finance
  • Kelly Boles Chapman, Equine Industry, AQHA/APHA
  • Pat Boyle, Owner, Show Place Productions
  • Elizabeth Cordia, Corporate Leadership
  • Daniel Dienst, Founder, D2QUARED
  • Rebekah Farber, Owner, Farber Farm, LLC
  • Jim Heird, AQHA Leadership
  • Todd Neiberger, CFO, Magpul Industries
  • Sue Padilla, Owner, MSPadilla Consulting, LLC
  • Sara Stumberg, Owner, Sara Walker Private Events
  • Karen Willis, Corporate Leadership, Equestrian
  • Larry Sanchez, VP Finance, NCEA
  • Leah Fiorentino, Executive Director, NCEA

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About the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA)

The National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA), a non-profit corporation, was created as a governing body to advance the sport of Equestrian for women at the collegiate level. In 1998, Equestrian was identified and adopted by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Committee of Women’s Athletics (CWA) as an emerging sport for women at the Division I and II levels. The NCEA, in concert with the mission and vision of the NCAA, is committed to providing collegiate opportunities for female equestrian student-athletes to compete at the highest level, while embracing equity, diversity and promoting academic and competitive excellence. 


 

The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation Honors One of the World’s Leading Lung Cancer Oncologists with the 2017 Addario Lectureship Award

Posted: Aug 1, 2017 | Posted by Kassy Perry

Frances A. Shepherd, MD, FRCPC honored at the 18th International Lung Cancer Congress

SAN CARLOS, Calif. (July 27, 2017)– The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) will honor Frances A. Shepherd, M.D., FRCPC, with the  2017 Addario Lectureship Award for her leadership in improving treatment options and helping people with advanced lung cancer live longer. Dr. Shepherd received her M.D. from the University of Toronto and is currently a senior staff physician at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and professor of medicine at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Shepherd will be the first woman to receive the award at the 18th International Lung FRANCES-SHEPHERD Times SquareCancer Congress held July 27-29 in Huntington Beach, California.

“Dr. Shepherd is instrumental in the lives of her patients, to the physicians across the world she has mentored and the field of lung cancer research and treatment,” said Bonnie J. Addario, 13-year lung cancer survivor and founder of the ALCF. “Through her leadership, she has brought together a brilliant team of researchers committed to treating lung cancer. Her team is one of the world leaders in bench to bedside research pertaining to lung cancer.”

Dr. Shepherd is an Officer of the Order of Canada. She has mentored more than 30 post-doctoral research fellows from around the world, many of whom now hold senior academic positions in their home countries. Her major career accomplishments include:

  • Leading a clinical trial that resulted in chemotherapy following lung cancer surgery becoming the new standard of care around the world.
  • Heading a global trial that showed for the first time that a targeted therapy could prolong life for lung cancer patients who had no further options for treatment.
  • Creating NCIC trial-associated lung cancer tumor banks that contain both cancer and normal lung samples. These precious samples play a critical role in understanding the molecular abnormalities of lung cancer and help to identify patients who are most likely to benefit from specific therapies.

Dr. Shepherd is on the editorial board of several journals, including the Journal of Clinical Oncology. She has been lead or senior investigator in more than 100 clinical trials and authored more than 450 peer-reviewed publications. In 2005, she was the lead author of three articles published over a three-week period in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Dr. Shepherd is one of the world’s leading lung cancer clinicians and researchers, known for her leadership in developing innovative therapies for lung cancer,” said Addario. Dr. Shepherd has also established high quality lung tumor banks to support crucial trials necessary to conquer the world’s deadliest cancer. “

Past Addario Lectureship Award recipients include:

  • 2016-Giorgio Vittorio Scagliotti, M.D., Professor of Oncology, University of Torino, Head of the Department of Oncology and Chief of the Division of Medical Oncology, San Luigi Hospital, Torino, Italy
  • 2015-Fred R. Hirsch, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • 2014-Roy S. Herbst, M.D., Ph.D., Ensign Professor of Medicine and Chief of Medical Oncology, Yale Cancer Center
  • 2013-Tony Mok, M.D., Professor in the Department of Clinical Oncology, Chinese University of Hong Kong in Prince of Wales Hospital in Hong Kong
  • 2012-D. Ross Camidge, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Thoracic Oncology Clinical Program and Associate Director for Clinical Research, Colorado University Cancer Center
  • 2011-William Pao , M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, Ingram Associate Professor of Cancer Research, Director, Personalized Cancer Medicine, Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center
  • 2010-David R. Gandara , M.D., Associate Director, Clinical Research, UC Davis Cancer Center
  • 2009-Harvey Pass , M.D., B.A., Director of the Division of Thoracic Surgery and Chief of Thoracic Surgery, New York University Medical Center
  • 2008-Paul A. Bunn, Jr. M.D., Principal Investigator and Director, University of Colorado Cancer Center

The ALCF has supported the Lung Cancer Congress for the past ten years and serves as a co-sponsor, along with the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer. The annual three-day event provides physicians with practical information about the clinical implications of lung cancer screening, the latest clinical data impacting the treatment of lung cancer and novel agents and strategies that are changing the future of lung cancer therapy.

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About the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation

The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) is one of the largest international philanthropies (patient-founded, patient-focused and patient-driven) devoted exclusively to eradicating lung cancer through research, early detection, education and treatment. The Foundation’s goal is to work with a diverse group of physicians, organizations, industry partners, individuals, patients, survivors and their families to identify solutions and make timely and meaningful change and turn lung cancer into a chronically managed disease by 2023. The ALCF was established on March 1, 2006, as a 501c(3) non-profit organization and has raised more than $30 million for lung cancer research and related programs. For more information about the ALCF please visit www.lungcancerfoundation.org or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Perry Communications Group Hires a Former College Student Athlete and a Former Hollywood Film Editor

Posted: Jul 14, 2017 | Posted by Kassy Perry

(SACRAMENTO)—Perry Communications Group (PCG), a California-based strategic communications firm specializing in integrated public affairs campaigns and media relations, has hired Account Coordinator Savannah Hadley and Executive Assistant Fern Baum.

Savannah_eleakis205096_048_2Savannah Hadley assists with client accounts, coordinates special events, develops social media content, conducts media monitoring and helps create content for client projects.

“Our clients love working with Savannah as much as we do,” said PCG’s President and CEO Kassy Perry. “Her ability to create content and attend to the needs of our clients while adding sunshine to the office makes her a pleasure to have on the staff of PCG.”

Hadley graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Ecological Management and Restoration at the University of California, Davis. She was captain of the Aggie’s NCAA division 1 lacrosse team. A Sacramento native, Hadley enjoys her new rescue dog Carlie, volunteering with local plant and wildlife organizations and riding horses.

Fern Baum wears many hats that contribute to PCG’s Fern_eleakis205096_092success. “Fern provides executive, operational and account support services that are integral to the company’s day-to-day operations,” said Kassy Perry. “Her experience in the film business as a script analyst and story editor translates seamlessly to what we do for our clients at PCG. We excel at telling our clients’ stories.”

Baum graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts in History.  After her career in the film industry, Baum moved on to the corporate world in several different industries including public relations, health care and executive recruiting.

Baum and her husband live in Fair Oaks with their menagerie of rescue animals including three dogs, a cat and a macaw.

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About Perry Communications Group

Perry Communications Group is an independent, full-service strategic communications firm specializing in public relations and public affairs. We work at the center of issues that matter and give new perspective to the issues and events making headlines today, as well as those that will in the future. We shape ideas, opinions, decisions and social change. The bottom line for us is always the same – we’re invested in the cause and our clients’ work. For more information, visit PCG at www.perrycom.com or call (916) 658-0144.

California Association of Health Underwriters Responds to False Claims Made by Universal Single Payer Health Care Proponents

Posted: May 31, 2017 | Posted by Kassy Perry

Rick Coburn, president of the California Association of Health Underwriters (CAHU) issued the following statement today regarding California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU)’s new research study on SB 562 (Lara/Atkins):

“The California State Senate estimates a universal single payer government-run health care system as outlined in SB 562 will cost $400 billion annually and will dismantle a system that provides coverage for 94 percent of Californians leading to rationing and barriers to access. Yet the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) continues to argue that The Healthy California legislation benefits all Californians. A universal single payer government-run health care system is not the desired approach nor supported by the vast majority of California residents. An April poll commissioned by CAHU found a supermajority of California voters (66 percent) opposes establishing a universal health care system when they know the actual cost.

The California Association of Health Underwriters (CAHU) is concerned about the following:

  • Senate Bill 562 proponents assume federal funding will cover 70 percent of the annual $400 billion cost estimate. California has no authority over federal programs and cannot assume the federal government will grant the necessary waivers. (Source: https://www.cms.gov/CCIIO/Programs-and-Initiatives/State-Innovation-Waivers/Section_1332_State_Innovation_Waivers-.html)
  • There is great disparity in tax burdens proposed by SB 562 proponents. California businesses will pay seven and a half times more ($106 billion) than those paying sales taxes ($14 billion) according to the CNA-purchased economic analysis. This will lead to far more Californians being unemployed, less tax revenue into state coffers, and more pressure on an already broken unemployment trust fund, that is also 100 percent supported by employer taxes. This proposal is one more cost pressure on California businesses and their ability to hire or expand.
  • By abolishing health care options delivered by private insurance companies, the single payer universal health care law would make nearly 18 percent of California’s workforce unemployed. The law would abolish all private health insurance in California, including Medicare, replacing it with a government-run monopoly on all health care services.
  • Nowhere in the bill’s language does it refer to lowering the cost of health care delivery. The existing public/private system already provides access to coverage and health care services for all. (Source: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act). It is not possible for a health system to go from one where there is a doctor copay and a deductible plan to a plan with neither of them and with more covered benefits and not cost more.
  • SB 562’s Healthy California Director and Board is an unelected bureaucracy with limited accountability to the Legislature or public. There is no mechanism in place to remove an appointee. The appointees are political and selected by the Governor, the Senate leader and the Assembly Speaker. (See 100610 (a) & 100612 (a)). The nurses want a seat at the table and to be part of this “single point of political power.” (https://medium.com/@DavidGCrane/the-real-reason-behind-the-ca-single-payer-proposal-60adb14eb555)
  • Government-run health care systems struggle to provide timely care and the latest technology because health care funds must compete with other claims on government funds, such as education, welfare, water and transportation infrastructure. Citizens in countries with single-payer models often wait months to see a doctor or specialist or to receive much-needed medical treatment. These other country’s plans also permit private insurance and do not cover many benefits such as prescriptions, vision, dental, long-term care. (Source: The Senate Appropriations analysis 5/22/2017 notes at least 3 issues that will have to go to voters to overturn (Gann limit and Prop 98 and Prop 30 of 2012))

Single payer comes with an initial price tag of at least $400 billion per year, passed onto California businesses and citizens. This is not only a profound job killer – it places an immense new tax burden on hardworking individuals and families. With Covered California, the state can create a system that expands coverage to all Californians in a market-based approach. That is what California citizens want from their elected officials, not a government-run, government-dispensed health care system. We look forward to working with lawmakers on solutions that provide high quality, comprehensive and affordable health care for all Californians.”

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About California Association of Health Underwriters (CAHU)

CAHU works closely with legislators and government agencies at both the state and federal level by educating our government leaders about the healthcare delivery system and the vital role of a professional agent as a consumer resource and advocate. We have been instrumental in protecting California consumers through a very dynamic grassroots network that includes organized events and lobbying, as well as in-district activities with our elected legislators. We also work diligently with Covered California to ensure the best possible outcomes for Californians, and their leadership frequently cites our input and impact. For more information go to www.cahu.org.

Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation Awards $180,000 Clinical Trial Innovation Prize

Posted: May 18, 2017 | Posted by Kassy Perry

ALCF logoTwo winners will be awarded a total of $180,000 for the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) Clinical Trial Innovation Prize, an international crowdsourcing challenge seeking innovative ways to increase cancer patient enrollment in clinical trials.

“Using crowdsourcing, we tapped into a vast pool of people from varying backgrounds and expertise from all over the world,” said Bonnie J. Addario, a 13-year lung cancer survivor and ALCF founder. “The goal of the challenge is to produce breakthroughs that will double the patient accrual rate of clinical trials evaluating interventions in the diagnosis and treatment of all cancers. One of our winners is from New York, the other team is from Australia.”

The first and second prize winners were selected by a panel of judges with diverse sectors of the healthcare industry.

First Place: The panel awarded $100,000 to Samir Housri and Nadine Housri who developed theMednet, a social network for physicians, to share information about clinical trials to physicians in an engaging way.

“With 78 percent of patients saying their doctors are the most trusted source for information on clinical trials, but only 14 percent of doctors ever discussing trials with patients, improving physician awareness about trials on the Mednet.org could have the most impact on driving enrollment,” Housri said. “theMednet.org is a question and answer platform for doctors and a natural place to promote trials.”

Second Place: The other winners are Judith Trotman and Roslyn Ristuccia of Australia who developed the app ClinTrial Refer, which increases the cross-referral of patients between hospitals by enhancing doctors’ knowledge of current trials. The use of this app has increased trial recruitment by more than 50 percent. ClinTrial Refer enhances  communication among oncologists, trial units and potential patients.

“The ClinTrial Refer app allows networks of trial units to collaborate and contribute current listings about recruiting trials. The app is free to download and becomes the clinician’s best resource,” Trotman said. “The main barrier to improving recruitment is doctors knowing where and how to refer patients. Now they can look up current information within seconds, during a consultation visit. Patients can gather the knowledge they need for decisions on all available treatment options at www.clintrial.org.au.”

An estimated one in two men and one in three women in the United States will receive a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime, however only four percent of adult cancer patients enroll in clinical trials. Unfortunately, researchers will never complete more than 20 percent of these trials due to not enough patients enrolling into clinical trials, as many are unaware of the benefits a clinical trial may provide, or that a clinical trial might even be a treatment option.

“The unique aspect of this crowdsourcing challenge is that the ALCF mentored the applicants for six months while they were collecting data on whether their ideas did in fact change clinical trial patient accrual,” said Addario. “ALCF also provided applicants access to the resources they needed to test and implement their ideas.”

The first phase of the Clinical Trial Innovation Prize, or the Ideation phase, focused on innovators sharing creative and novel ideas on how to double the accrual rate of cancer clinical trials. More than 100 innovators and 14 teams participated in the challenge from all over the world, with submissions coming in from Israel, Nigeria, Germany, India, the United States and 13 other countries. The first and second prize winners were selected by a panel of judges with varying backgrounds in the healthcare industry.

Judges awarded these projects:

First Prize: Match Point: Matching Patients and Trials Via EHR,” submitted by Helynx, a start-up out of Caltech, UCLA and Harvard, and Dr. Jae Kim, a cardiothoracic surgeon at City of Hope. The trio created a unique system for automatically matching patients to the clinical trials for which they qualify using machine learning techniques to read patients’ Electronic Health Records (EHRs) to determine eligibility. The winning entry received $20,000.

Second Prize: Fast, Fun & Friendly: Build Trust Before Research,” submitted by Drs. Matt Gerber and Deanna Teoh of the Gynecologic Oncology Department at the University of Minneapolis, created an individualized Welcome App that details the arc of care a patient will receive as well a clear and succinct message about clinical research and its benefits. Gerber and Teoh’s idea won their team $5,000.

For more information about the Innovation Prize, please visit ALCF’s website.

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About the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation
The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) is one of the largest philanthropies (patient-founded, patient-focused, and patient-driven) devoted exclusively to eradicating Lung Cancer through research, early detection, education, and treatment. The Foundation’s goal is to work with a diverse group of physicians, organizations, industry partners, individuals, patients, survivors, and their families to identify solutions and make timely and meaningful change and turn lung cancer into a chronically managed disease by 2023. The ALCF was established on March 1, 2006 as a 501c(3) non-profit organization and has raised more than $30 million for lung cancer research and related programs. For more information about the ALCF please visit www.lungcancerfoundation.org or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

ABOUT HEROX
Founded in 2013, HeroX exists at the intersection of crowdsourcing, competition and collaboration. The HeroX crowdsourcing platform brings together global communities of problem solvers to deliver breakthrough solutions to social, economic, and strategic challenges.

Biocept, Addario Partner to Test Liquid Biopsy Tech in Lung Cancer

Posted: May 17, 2017 | Posted by Kassy Perry

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Outlet: GenomeWeb
Author: Staff Reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Biocept said today that it has partnered with the Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute (ALCMI) to evaluate the use of the company’s Target Selector liquid biopsy platform in a clinical study of lung cancer patients.

The Target Selector technology is designed to analyze both circulating tumor cell (CTC) and circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) biomarkers from a blood sample. Under the terms of the deal, ALCMI and collaborating institutions will send samples from up to 400 lung cancer patients to Biocept, which will use the platform to detect and assess key biomarkers with the goal of demonstrating the concordance of liquid biopsy to solid tissue biopsies at de novo presentation.

This concordance will validate the use of a liquid biopsy sample when biopsy tissue is depleted or difficult to obtain for biomarker stratification, Biocept said. The trial also aims to validate the utility of monitoring key biomarkers in lung cancer patients with a liquid biopsy, enumerating CTC counts, and quantifying ctDNA mutations in order to illustrate drug response, predict treatment failure prior to progression observed with radiographic imaging, and identify resistance mutations.

The company said that the trial will distinguish between advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients with squamous cell and non-squamous cell carcinoma, and will evaluate the clinical utility of liquid biopsy in additional patients with early-stage NSCLC and small cell lung cancer.

Patients will have four to six blood samples drawn over a 12-month period, yielding between 1,600 and 2,400 liquid biopsy data points. Data from the study are expected to be centralized in a large-scale database that will include uniform and complete patient demographic, pathology, and clinical information.

“We have targeted several highly important objectives for this trial that could have a profound impact on the treatment of patients with lung cancer,” Florida International University’s Luis Raez, a principal investigator for the study, said in a statement. “A better understanding of the role of serial blood-based molecular markers in making treatment decisions for lung cancer patients is critical, and may also lead to the development of novel targeted therapies.”

The deal with ALCMI is the latest in a series of collaborations Biocept has formed for the Target Selector platform, ncluding partnerships with Columbia University Medical Center, the University of Minnesota, and Catalyst Pharmaceuticals.

Read more from GenomeWeb here

Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation Receives Highest Rating from Charity Navigator

Posted: May 12, 2017 | Posted by Kassy Perry

ALCF logoFor the third year in a row, the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation’s (ALCF) strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned the organization the highest rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.

“Our mission to make the world’s deadliest cancer a chronically-managed disease by the year 2023 requires constant fundraising and support for patient education programs, clinical research and physician education and training. It is crucial that our donors have confidence that we are using those funds appropriately,” said Bonnie J. Addario, a 13-year lung cancer survivor and ALCF founder. “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters our good governance and financial accountability.”

Charity Navigator only awards the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. Charity Navigator applies data-driven analysis to the charitable sector. Last year, Charity Navigator influenced an estimated $10 billion in charitable gifts.

“The ALCF’s exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” according to Charity Navigator President and CEO Michael Thatcher,. “Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. This adds ALCF to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support the ALCF.”

Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer, taking the lives of more people than the next three most frequent cancers combined (colon, breast and prostate). An estimated 160,000 Americans will die this year from lung cancer. Eighty percent of those recently diagnosed with lung cancer never smoked, or quit decades ago. The inaccurate stigma that lung cancer is a “smokers” disease has led to disproportionately low funding for research and trials, as compared to other cancers.

Organization ratings and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge at www.charitynavigator.org. More-detailed information about ALCF’s rating is available to Charity Navigator site visitors who become registered users, another free service.

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About the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation
The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation is one of the largest philanthropies (patient-founded, patient-focused, and patient-driven) devoted exclusively to eradicating Lung Cancer through research, education, early detection, genetic testing, drug discovery and patient-focused outcomes. The Foundation works with a diverse group of physicians, patients, organizations, industry partners, individuals, survivors, and their families to identify solutions and make timely and meaningful change. ALCF was established on March 1, 2006 as a 501c(3) non-profit organization and has raised more than $30 million for lung cancer research. To learn more, please visit www.lungcancerfoundation.org or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

About Charity Navigator
Charity Navigator, www.charitynavigator.org, is the largest charity evaluator in America and its website attracts more visitors than all other charity rating groups combined. The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency of more than 8,000 charities. Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. As a result, Charity Navigator, a 501 (c) (3) public charity itself, depends on support from individuals, corporations and foundations that believe it provides a much-needed service to America’s charitable givers. Charity Navigator, can be reached directly by telephone at (201) 818-1288, or by mail at 139 Harristown Road, Suite 101, Glen Rock, N.J., 07452.

CAHU Survey Finds Most Californians Oppose Single Payer

Posted: May 11, 2017 | Posted by Kassy Perry

Date: 5/10/17
Outlet: California Broker
Author: Victoria Alexander

A telephone survey commissioned by the California Association of Health Underwriters found that three out of four Californians were opposed to single payer health care once they were informed about the associated costs. The survey was conducted by J. Wallin Opinion Research on April 22 through April 26, 2017.

The survey found:

  • Eighty-one percent of Californians are satisfied with the timeliness, cost, quality, availability and accessibility of their current health care coverage with 42 percent of respondents saying they are “very satisfied.”
  • A supermajority (66 percent) opposes legislation establishing universal single payer universal health care with 44 percent strongly opposing the legislative proposal.

When learning about the facts about universal single payer health care, different age groups, demographics and ethnic backgrounds all share opposition to a government run system. “The single payer universal health care law would force Californians to hand over at least $179 billion in new state taxes to pay for a health care system run by the State of California. That translates to costing each California taxpayer $9,100 per year,” said CAHU President Richard Coburn. “This new policy would eliminate employer paid health coverage and shifts health costs to employees.”

Read more from California Broker here

Perry Communications Group Hires Familiar Faces

Posted: Apr 5, 2017 | Posted by Kassy Perry

(SACRAMENTO)—Perry Communications Group (PCG), a California-based strategic communications firm specializing in integrated public affairs campaigns and media relations, has hired Senior Account Executives Katelyn Downey and Kaitlin Perry.

katelyn newsletterKatelyn Downey focuses on advocacy efforts, partnership building and online and social media strategies for multiple clients. Her background in digital marketing will improve all facets of PCG’s work.

“Katelyn’s combination of creativity and expertise is tough to find and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome her back to the team,” said PCG’s President and CEO Kassy Perry. “Her wealth of experience in digital marketing and strategy plays an integral role in advancing client objectives.”

Prior to her current position at PCG, Downey worked in digital marketing roles focusing on customer acquisition and online marketing strategies for software companies servicing healthcare industries. Katelyn created, implemented and managed digital strategies across multiple platforms including website, email and advertising. Downey is a certified Google Adwords professional and previously worked for PCG as an account coordinator from 2010 to 2012.KP Newsletter

Kaitlin Perry focuses on grassroots advocacy, political data and emerging policy issues at PCG. Perry handles day-to-day client communication and advocacy relations, as well as event promotion and coordination.

“It is exciting to bring my daughter Kaitlin to our team,” said Kassy Perry. “Her experience working on political and legislative campaigns this past year for another leading public affairs firm, and past internships working in grassroots advocacy and mobilization for PCG and media relations for a corporation in Texas make her far more experienced than her age would suggest.”

Previously, Perry coordinated media relations efforts for a statewide ballot initiative during the 2016 election and played an integral role in the management and success of several high profile public affairs and legislative advocacy campaigns.

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About Perry Communications Group

Perry Communications Group is an independent, full-service strategic communications firm specializing in public relations and public affairs. We work at the center of issues that matter and give new perspective to the issues and events making headlines today, as well as those that will in the future. We shape ideas, opinions, decisions and social change. The bottom line for us is always the same – we are invested in the cause we promote and our clients’ work.

Perry Communications Group Hires Award-Winning Journalist

Posted: Feb 28, 2017 | Posted by Kassy Perry

(SACRAMENTO)—Perry Communications Group (PCG), a California-based strategic communications firm specializing in integrated public affairs campaigns and media relations, is pleased to announce the hiring of Marna Davis as account manager.

“We are pleased tMarna Headshoto have Marna and her decades of experience in radio and television news join the team,” said PCG’s President and CEO Kassy Perry. “If it’s happened in the past 20 years, Marna has probably reported on it. The combination of her relationships with former colleagues across the nation and exceptional storytelling talents grabs the attention of newsrooms.”

As an account manager, Davis provides media relations expertise and creative direction to multiple client accounts.

Marna’s news career began in Santa Barbara County, where she landed the lead story on “SportsCenter” her first day in the newsroom. She has also worked at stations in Reno, Sacramento, San Diego and Dallas/Fort Worth.

Davis covered the Capitol during the Davis and Schwarzenegger administrations. She has experience broadcasting from high profile trials, earthquakes, fires, kidnappings, presidential visits, elections, police shootings, the Dallas Cowboys, Superbowls and NBA championships. Davis received a national Edward R. Murrow award for her reporting on methamphetamine use and she and her colleagues won a regional Emmy for reporting on the Southwest Blackout of 2011 that left nearly seven million people without power.

In addition to her award-winning broadcast news background, Marna has extensive sports marketing and public relations experience. She served as director of marketing and public relations for a prominent sports agent early in her career and more recently as a sport agency’s director of media strategy and communications. She secured some of the biggest names in sports endorsement deals, provided media coaching and kept high profile athletes out of the news by creating and implementing successful crisis communication plans.

While receiving her degree in journalism from the University of Southern California, Davis interned in the public relations department for the Los Angeles Lakers.

You can follow Marna on Twitter as @marnadavis760

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About Perry Communications Group

Perry Communications Group is an independent, full-service strategic communications firm specializing in public relations and public affairs. We work at the center of issues that matter and give new perspective to the issues and events making headlines today, as well as those that will in the future. We shape ideas, opinions, decisions and social change. The bottom line for us is always the same – we are invested in the cause we promote and our clients’ work.