Sharon LaSure-Roy

A Force to Be Reckoned With | Lung Force

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In 1987, lung cancer surpassed breast cancer to become the leading cause of cancer death in women.

But this disease is not gender specific, as today, lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the United States.  American Cancer Society research shows that lung cancer causes more deaths than the next three most common cancers combined (colon, breast and pancreatic). An estimated 159,260 Americans are expected to die from lung cancer in 2014, accounting for approximately 27 percent of all cancer deaths.

Karen Thompson

Breast Cancer Picked a Fight with the Wrong Chick | Sharon Hagin’s Story

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In the first article of our breast cancer survivor series, I mentioned I received a request from an employee to write about breast cancer survivors during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I also mentioned you would meet the person who made the suggestion in a future article. Today’s profile in courage is about that employee. Thanks Sharon, for recommending this series.

Sharon LaSure-Roy

Fostering Supplier Diversity at Florida Blue

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The term supplier diversity refers to corporate business programs and initiatives that promote and help create economic prosperity in underserved communities. As an innovator in enabling healthy communities, we seek out small and diverse organizations to participate in our supplier diversity program.

Recently we were able to sit down with Dana Hill, who manages supplier diversity for Florida Blue, and ask him a few questions about our program.

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[Recipe] What’s the Deal with Kale?

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From world-renown culinary institutions to home kitchens, kale has become the green of choice.  We are seeing it in everything from to chips to smoothies. Some like to call it the new super food, while others see new ways to enjoy an old-time favorite.

Once again, I am pleased to work with the Florida Blue Flavors experience to feature healthy recipes during the 4th Annual Taste of Black Jacksonville.  It is one of the premiere events during the Black Expo South weekend.

An Interview with Diana Nyad | World Champion Swimmer, Author and Journalist

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On Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, Florida Blue will partner with the University of South Florida for the 9th Annual Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Symposium. The event will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa. It is sure to be a moving and empowering event thanks to the World Champion Swimmer, Author and Journalist, Diana Nyad who will be the keynote speaker at the event.

Karen Thompson

Catherine Neadow | A Breast Cancer Survivor’s Story

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I received a request from one of my fellow Florida Blue employees to write a breast cancer survivor series during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, to bring awareness to the disease and celebrate employees that are survivors. I jumped at the chance and asked a few brave women to share their stories. Keep an eye out for their profiles in courage as they are shared throughout the rest of the month.

Dare to Be – USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy 9th Annual Symposium

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On Friday, October 17, 2014, Florida Blue will partner with the University of South Florida for the 9th Annual Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Symposium. The event will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa. It’s sure to be a moving and empowering event thanks to the World Champion Swimmer, Author and Journalist, Diana Nyad who will be the Keynote speaker at the event.

Cheryl Davis

Breast Cancer Awareness: Tips and Stats to Help Protect Yourself

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Now is the perfect time to schedule your annual well exam and check to see if you qualify for the recommended screenings for breast cancer detection. These screenings are for men too. About 1000 men annually are diagnosed with breast (mammary gland) cancer. Early detection and prevention are critical to minimizing your chances of developing breast cancer in your lifetime. It is worth the time and energy to set an appointment to get these screenings done. Your life may depend on it.