AdMeTech Foundation brought together Massachusetts Senate President Therese Murray, Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, Marathon icon and prostate cancer survivor, Bill Rodgers and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, to lead the nation in recognizing prostate cancer as a public health priority and a major health care disparity.
Facilitated by MA Department of Public Health Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett and legendary ABC/WCVB anchorwoman Susan Wornick, the program also featured other key leaders of the Massachusetts state legislation, Boston City Council, government, advocacy, medicine, industry and the media.
Governor Patrick declared this event as “Massachusetts Prostate Cancer Awareness Day.” To express their support for prostate cancer awareness, eight candidates running to be the next Governor of the Commonwealth appeared together in “We All Agree,” a video produced by AdMeTech Foundation.
Recognizing AdMeTech’s leadership in making Massachusetts a model for national prostate cancer awareness, education, research and patient care, CEO Dr. Faina Shtern, was presented with a number of commendations, including a Governor’s Proclamation, the Massachusetts General Court Resolution, Mayoral Proclamation and City Council Resolution.
The press coverage broke historic records for any prostate cancer event in Massachusetts and included The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, NECN, The State House News Service, NBC News 22, Boston City TV, Mass Live, WBUR and multiple other media outlets. Department of Public Health Commissioner Bartlett also dedicated a blog to the event.
The Annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Day at the State House, established by AdMeTech in 2009 and integrated with the AdMeTech-led ongoing advocacy campaign, has made a direct impact on the allocation of $500,000 for a statewide education program in FY15 budget. This program, supported by the Governor, State Senate and House is aimed at saving lives, improving quality of life and reducing health care costs. This allocation follows the creation of the $1.5 million AdMeTech-driven research program one year ago to improve early detection and treatment of prostate cancer, using high quality prostate MRI.
Senator Stephen M. Brewer Co-Chair, Senate Committee on Ways and Means
Dr. Faina Shtern, CEO and Founder, AdMeTech Foundation
Dr. Adam Kibel, Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School and Chief of Urology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Cheryl Bartlett, RN, Commissioner, MA Department of Health
Bill Rodgers, Marathon Legend
Representative Robert DeLeo, Speaker of the House
Susan Wornick, MA Broadcasters Hall of Fame
Senator Therese Murray, Senate President
Senator Harriette Chandler, Assistant Majority Leader
Martin Walsh, Boston City Mayor
Representative Stephen Kulik, Vice Chair, Joint Committee on Ways and Means
Councilman Tito Jackson, Boston City Council
AdMeTech would like to recognize several Massachusetts legislators for their participation, including Senator William Brownsberger, Representative Viriato deMacedo, Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, Representative Denise Garlick, Representative Kevin Honan, Representative David Linsky, House Majority Leader Ronald Mariano, and Representative Donald Wong.
The event included an exhibit showcasing cutting-edge advances in research and technology by leading manufacturers and researchers, including the American Cancer Society, Genomic Health, Genentech, Hitachi Aloka, and Sotio.
Organizers and Participating Organizations The 6th Annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Day was organized with the help of the Massachusetts Prostate Cancer Coalition and the Men of Color Health Awareness. Participating organizations included American Cancer Society, 1Cancer Source, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard School of Public Health, and SHIELDS Healthcare Group.
Selected Media Coverage
AdMeTech Foundation received multiple commendations for the 6th Annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Day. The Governor’s Proclamation was presented by the Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo and named this event again as the Massachusetts Prostate Cancer Awareness Day. The Massachusetts General Court Resolution, presented by the Senate President Therese Murray, led the nation in recognizing prostate cancer as a public health priority in general and men’s health in particular and a major disparity in patient care. The Boston Mayor’s Citation and the Boston City Council Resolution commended AdMeTech Foundation for providing national leadership in prostate cancer awareness, education and research.