Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Wants to Impact Cancer from Every Angle

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Wants to Impact Cancer from Every Angle


STEPHANIE VOMVOURAS: No doctor wants to give a diagnosis of cancer and no patient wants to hear one. MARY TINNES: My mom had breast cancer back in 1994
and I was a caregiver to my mom and shortly afterwards to my dad too, who had
lung cancer and as a result of that I was able to have yearly mammogram so I
was really on schedule for that for many years. So when I was diagnosed eight
years ago with breast cancer myself shouldn’t have been surprised but I was
very surprised. A year after my treatment my younger sister was diagnosed with
cancer. FRED BERMEJO: At the hospital they told me my right
lung had collapsed. They took another x-ray and that’s when they spotted a
nodule and they said they have to find out what it is. I told them I know what
it is. I told them it was cancer. You could be angry, scared. It’s pretty tough. CRAIG NICHOLS: At a routine physical it was discovered
that I had traces of blood in my urine. Three positive tests. I was asked to get
a scan of my kidneys and my bladder. And then after that tests came back positive
for cancer. That’s when everything happened for me. Cancer is a genetic disease which means
it is a mutation or a change in your DNA. MARY: With The American Cancer Society I was able
to get a wig. I’d come to work every day put that wig on and get it all straight,
and it really it really helps me feel normal
it really felt like for Mom or I’m putting cancer aside, I’m doing my job. I
was able to go through all of treatment still working, and great support from my,
from my leadership and what I was able to have that feeling of normal which I
think made me feel healthier. Helped me get through it all. STEPHANIE: Blue Cross, like the American Cancer Society, is working to impact cancer from
every angle. We have an oncology task force that looks at the way cancer is
delivered, diagnosed and treated. We partner with the university researchers
to evaluate data that empowers providers to make evidence-based decisions. We have
incredible employee volunteers that give back to the community and causes like
the American Cancer Society. MARY: I’ve had the opportunity to volunteer with the
American Cancer Society. My daughter works there now, so I really enjoyed
doing a lot of the volunteer events with them. They made a difference in my life
so want to give back. FRED: You don’t have to spend money. You just have to spend some time with somebody if you know they’re fighting it because it’s a tough battle
and a lot of times that battle is being fought inside. CRAIG: I ran the Chicago
Marathon in 2016 and this year I’m also running Chicago Marathon again on behalf
of the American Cancer Society. STEPHANIE: We believe in the American Cancer Society
mission and have been supporting them for ten years through their Discovery
Ball. MARY: I’m here today and I’m probably healthier than I’ve ever been. FRED: You have to fight cancer on all fronts
and I think eventually we’re gonna win. We’re gonna beat it.

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