At 15-40 Connection, we want to reach as many people as possible to share our lifesaving 3 Steps Detect education with them, but we also realize that forming new partnerships and connections is a two-way street.

We work with health teachers, wellness professionals and, really, anyone that’s passionate about improving cancer outcomes through early detection! We want to hear from you, but it might help to start by sharing a little about ourselves.

Each of our eight staff members, and our founder and chief volunteer Jim Coghlin Sr., picked a question to answer about what we do as an organization and why each of us cares so deeply about teaching people how to detect cancer. Then, for a bit of fun, we each shared something about ourselves.

We hope you’ll take a few minutes to get to know each of us a little better with our 15-40 Connection team Q&A. Then, let us know about YOU and get involved.

Jim Coghlin Sr.
Founder & Chief Volunteer

Why do you feel it is important for everyone to have the 3 Steps Detect education?
“I believe the greatest ‘wealth’ one can possess is great health! Great health allows us to accomplish so much more; when our health is compromised, the impact is felt throughout every aspect of our life and the lives of those we love. I know of no better recipe to follow for great health than 3 Steps Detect, as it provides a pathway for maintaining, improving, or regaining our ‘wealth!'”

What is your favorite hobby?
“My favorite hobby is living/practicing that “the real joy in life is in the giving,” and my favorite way of engaging in it is anonymously and when the receiver(s) least expects it.”

Tricia Scannell Laursen  
Executive Director

What is a memorable experience you have had already during your time at 15-40 Connection?
“The first time we were thanked for saving someone’s life is something I’ll never forget. Hearing that never gets old. It fuels our motivation.”

Which book/TV show/movie have you been obsessed with lately?
“I’m catching up on Game of Thrones, just started season 7.”

Susan Cyr  
Administrator & Director of the 15-40 Connection Gala, Auction & Golf Tournament

Did any life experiences motivate you to want to be a part of the 15-40 Connection mission?
“Having lost three close relatives to cancer and having a twin sister currently undergoing cancer treatment, 15-40 Connection’s mission is very important to me. It’s a devastating disease that doesn’t ‘play fair’ and impacts the entire family. Early detection is key to making any cancer journey as short as possible, and 3 Steps Detect helps you to navigate the way and return to health.”

What is your most memorable vacation/adventure?
“My husband and I took a three-week road trip a number of years ago with the theme of visiting all the professional sports halls of fame. Along the way we also took in Boston Red Sox games in Toronto and Baltimore, made a stop at the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., the Louisville Bat Factory in Louisville, Ky., the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn., part of the Blue Ridge Parkway and national monuments in Washington, D.C. It was 3,200 miles round trip meeting some fun people, seeing wonderful sights; and we made it home still married, and speaking!  We still talk about that trip today as being a great adventure with wonderful memories.”

Kelly Fattman  
VP, Engagement

Describe a 15-40 Connection initiative that you are proud of/excited about/has been successful.
“I am super excited about the train-the-trainer program we developed and implemented this year. Having the ability to train health and wellness educators allows us to scale our education at a more rapid pace. We know that everyone needs this education and this program really helps us get there.”

What is your favorite annual tradition (activity, family vacation, etc.)?
“The Boston Marathon. The only marathon held on a Monday and it brings together athletes of all backgrounds, cultures and abilities. Marathons are the only sporting events where recreational athletes get to compete alongside the best in the sport. It’s the unofficial start of spring and it’s inspiring to watch the fast and the slow and see what people can do when they set their mind to something.”

Jan Fountaine  
Donor Services Manager

What is your favorite thing about working at 15-40 Connection?
“My favorite thing about working at 15-40 Connection is being able to work with such great people and passionate supporters. I am part of a team making a difference on the impact of cancer. I come to work each day motivated by those loved ones we have lost and those we will save from cancer.”

Name a personal accomplishment that you are proud of.
“My greatest personal accomplishment is being a mom! Like every mom, my two children are my shining stars! Yes, they call me Mamma Sunshine here in the office.  I bring that “mother” gene to work with me – whether they want it or not!”

Helene Winn  
Education & Outreach Director

What are the biggest lessons learned/takeaways from your first few months on the job?
“Education is so important! Statistics show us that early detection is an individual’s best chance of surviving cancer but what if you don’t know what to look for? How are you supposed to detect something early? I have been blown away by the number of times in the past six months someone has come up to us at an event and said, “You came to my school (or health fair or office) last year. I heard you talk and because of what you said I noticed a health change in myself that turned out to be early signs of cancer (or heart failure or Lyme disease).” The education works and when I hear from people that 3 Steps Detect has made a real impact on them – or hear the stories about people who didn’t detect something early and didn’t have a positive outcome – it motivates me to keep pushing to get our education in front of more and more people.”

What is your favorite holiday?
“Christmas. I love the music, the decorations, the movies, the traditions…and the cookies. I’m a big fan of both making and eating Christmas cookies!”

Alicia Donovan
Education & Outreach Manager

What is your favorite thing about working at 15-40 Connection?
“It’s really rewarding to have a job where I can actually see the impact of my work and know that we are contributing something positive to such a tough subject. My first introduction to the subject of cancer was when I was 12, and my father was diagnosed with colon cancer. All I knew about the disease was that treatment was tough – sometimes it worked, and sometimes (as in my father’s late-diagnosis case) it didn’t. 15-40 Connection’s education is so important because it gives people the knowledge they need to start fighting back against this disease as soon as possible, and increase their chances of effective treatment.”

What is your most memorable vacation/adventure?
“I’ve always loved to travel – family vacations growing up were a different place every year. When I went to college, I knew studying abroad would be an important part of the experience, and I was fortunate to spend the second half of my junior year based in Rome. Every weekend was a new city to explore – Dublin, Paris, Lugano, Milan, Tuscany, Florence – I loved all the unique culture, sights (and food!) that each place had to offer. My travel recently has been a little closer to home, but I still try to visit new places as often as possible.”

Ann Zelesky  
Outreach & Education Specialist

Did any life experiences motivate you to want to be a part of the 15-40 Connection mission?
“Working with 15-40 Connection is a perfect fit for me because I enjoy working with high school and college students. As a breast cancer survivor, I am passionate toward sharing the 3 Steps Detect program with all I come in contact with to, in turn, save and improve lives.”

What is your favorite hobby and why is it important to you?
“My hobby is centered around athletics. Since an early age, my passion for sports was fostered by my Dad and several positive coaches who taught me what sports is all about. As the years have passed, sports that I take part in have changed from basketball and softball to golf and walking, but the ability to reach out and connect to regular exercise, staying social with other positive people and improving makes me feel upbeat. This leads me to be healthier mentally and physically and improves confidence and overall outlook on life.”

Carl Setterlund 
Social Media & Website Communications Manager

How would you describe your role in within the 15-40 Connection team?
“We’re laser-focused on educating as many people as possible about how to detect cancer, and a lot of that is through traditional channels – high schools and colleges, corporate wellness programs and in-person events. But there’s also this vast online world with social media platforms that all function different from one another and that’s where I come in. I love putting together the puzzle of how to reach and educate people, but also pique their interest and convince them to join our community. As a growing national organization, it’s so important for us to reach people all across the country, and we’ve been able to do that online. The hope is that we can convert some of our online base into people inviting us to share our 3 Steps Detect with them in Los Angeles or Chicago or one of 1,000 other places.”

Name something ambitious you would like to do someday/is on your bucket list.
“I would really love to see the world, and by that I mean to travel extensively to every continent. I got bit by the travel bug a few years ago and now it’s kind of a lifelong pursuit. I’ll concede that I usually prefer the warmer locations, but there’s something so incredible about immersing yourself in another culture and interacting and learning from people who come from an entirely different background. At the same time, you also see the similarities and the bonds that we all share as people. I’ve only been to a fraction of the places I would like to, but hopefully I’m fortunate enough to keep chipping away at it.”

What’s in it for you?

Much more!

The Power of You! 100% of the proceeds from this event support 15-40 Connection’s lifesaving education. When it comes to cancer symptoms, knowledge is power. 15-40 Connection is saving lives by educating people on how to recognize cancer symptoms early.

Information about the sponsorship opportunities, golf and gala guest packages and gala tickets are below. You can also donate items for our auctions or larger-than-life goody bags. To donate, please email us at info@15-40.org.

PRESENTING SPONSOR | $50,000

Logo and/or name recognition on selected signage and print/media material including*:

Event brochure, auction program, gala program, website, lead position on main sponsor sign at both golf courses, golfer “Goody bag”

12 Player spots with choice of golf course

12 “Goody bags” jam packed with fun and valuable items

12 Free Prize Drawing Tickets for golfers for a cache of gifts

24 Gala guests

Parting gift for each Gala couple

Breakfast, lunch, dinner for golfers on tournament day

Opportunity to place branded item(s) in the “Goody bags” distributed to all golfers

GALA SPONSOR | $25,000

Logo and/or name recognition on all signage and in all printed/media material including*:

Event brochure, auction program, gala program, website, main sponsor sign at both golf courses

8 Player spots with choice of golf course

8 “Goody bags” jam packed with fun and valuable items

8 Free Prize Drawing Tickets for golfers for a cache of gifts

16 Gala guests

Parting gift for each Gala couple

Breakfast, lunch, dinner for golfers on tournament day

Opportunity to place branded item(s) in the “Goody bags” distributed to all golfers

TOURNAMENT SPONSOR | $25,000

Logo and/or name recognition on all signage and in all printed/media material including*:

Event brochure, gala program, website, main sponsor sign at both golf courses

8 Player spots with choice of golf course

8 “Goody bags” jam packed with fun and valuable items

8 Free Prize Drawing Tickets for golfers for a cache of gifts\

16 Gala guests

Parting gift for each Gala couple

Breakfast, lunch, dinner for golfers on tournament day

Opportunity to place branded item(s) in the “Goody bags” distributed to all golfers

TOURNAMENT LUNCH & SNACK SPONSOR | $10,000

Logo and/or name recognition on selected signage and print/media material including*:

Event brochure, gala program, website, main sponsor sign at both golf courses, thank you acknowledgement at lunch and snack stations

4 Player spots with choice of golf course

4 “Goody bags” jam packed with fun and valuable items

4 Free Prize Drawing Tickets for golfers for a cache of gifts

8 Gala guests

Parting gift for each Gala couple

Breakfast, lunch, dinner for golfers on tournament day

Opportunity to place branded item(s) in the “Goody bags” distributed to all golfers

GALA & GOLF ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR | $6,000

Logo and/or name recognition on selected signage and print/media material including*:

Event brochure, auction program, gala program, main sponsor sign at both golf courses, thank you acknowledgement
announcement from featured entertainers

2 Player spots with choice of golf course

2 “Goody bags” jam packed with fun and valuable items

2 Free Prize Drawing Tickets for golfers for a cache of gifts

4 Gala guests

Parting gift for each Gala couple

Breakfast, lunch, dinner for golfers on tournament day

GOLF CART SPONSOR | $6,000

Logo and/or name recognition on selected signage and print/media material including*:

Event brochure and gala program

2 Player spots with choice of golf course

2 “Goody bags” jam packed with fun and valuable items

2 Free Prize Drawing Tickets for golfers for a cache of gifts

4 Gala guests

Parting gift for each Gala couple

Breakfast, lunch, dinner for golfers on tournament day

GOLF BALL SPONSOR | $4,000

Logo and/or name recognition on selected signage and printed/media material including*:

Event brochure, gala program, golf ball distributed with “Goody bag” to each golfer

1 Player spot with choice of golf course

1 “Goody bag” jam packed with fun and valuable items

1 Free Prize Drawing Ticket for golfer for a cache of gifts

2 Gala guests

Parting gift for each Gala couple

Breakfast, lunch, dinner for golfer on tournament day

SCOREBOARD SPONSOR | $1,000

Logo and/or name recognition on selected signage and print/media material including*:

Event brochure, gala program, multiple scoreboard signs strategically placed at both tournament golf courses

2 Gala guests

Parting gift for each Gala couple

TEE SPONSOR | $750

Logo and/or name recognition on selected signage and print/media material including*:

Event brochure, gala program, on two tees sponsorship signs placed at the 1st tee box at both golf courses

2 Gala guests

Parting gift for each Gala couple

*Printing and/or embroidering deadlines apply to the above.

PLATINUM SUPPORTER | $16,000

Logo and/or name recognition in event brochure, gala program, main sponsor sign at both golf courses*

8 Player spots with choice of golf course

8 “Goody bags” jam packed with fun and valuable items

8 Free Prize Drawing Tickets for golfers for a cache of gifts

16 Gala guests

Parting gift for each Gala couple

Breakfast, lunch, dinner for golfers on tournament day

GOLD SUPPORTER | $8,000

Logo and/or name recognition in event brochure, gala program, main sponsor sign at both golf courses*

4 Player spots with choice of golf course

4 “Goody bags” jam packed with fun and valuable items

4 Free Prize Drawing Tickets for golfers for a cache of gifts

8 Gala guests

Parting gift for each Gala couple

Breakfast, lunch, dinner for golfers on tournament day

SILVER SUPPORTER | $4,000

Logo and/or name recognition in event brochure, gala program, main sponsor sign at both golf courses*

2 Player spots with choice of golf course

2 “Goody bags” jam packed with fun and valuable items

2 Free Prize Drawing Tickets for golfers for a cache of gifts

4 Gala guests

Parting gift for each Gala couple

Breakfast, lunch, dinner for golfers on tournament day

BRONZE SUPPORTER | $2,000

Logo and/or name recognition in event brochure, gala program, bronze sponsor sign at both golf courses*

1 Player spot with choice of golf course

1 “Goody bag” jam packed with fun and valuable items

1 Free Prize Drawing Tickets golfers for a cache of gifts

2 Gala guests

Parting gift for each Gala couple

Breakfast, lunch, dinner for golfer on tournament day

*Printing and/or embroidering deadlines apply to the above.

GALA & AUCTION TICKETS | $650

2 Gala guests

Parting gift for each Gala couple

PRIVACY POLICY

Information we collect and how we use it.

The 15-40 Connection, Inc. may collect information independent of Blackbaud- the host for donations. For Blackbaud’s privacy policy, please visit Blackbaud Privacy Policy.

Contact and Personal Information
You may choose to provide contact information (such as your name, address, telephone number and email address) on this web site. Providing this information is strictly voluntary, and the failure to provide information in most instances will not restrict your use of the website. We will not ask you for any credit card number, social security number, driver’s license number or other financial account number on the website except through the donation pages that are hosted by our partner, Blackbaud.  From time to time, 15-40 Connection may host contests or sweepstakes, which will require you to provide information to participate. Here are some of the ways you may provide the information and the types of information you may submit. We also tell you how we may use the information.

Contact Us
If you email us through the “Contact Us” page on this site, we ask you for information such as your name and email address so we can respond to your questions and comments. You may choose to provide additional information as well. You should not provide any credit card number, social security number or other financial account number when using the contact us screen.

Send Content to a Friend Questionnaires and Surveys
We may ask visitors to our web site to complete online surveys and opinion polls about their activities, attitudes and interests. These surveys help us serve you better and improve the usefulness of our site. In conducting these surveys we may ask you for your name and email address. We do not keep any personal information about you in connection with your participation in a 15-40.org survey unless you specifically agree to provide that information.

Send Content to a Friend
You can send certain content to your friends. To do so, we ask you to provide your name and your friend’s email address. We use this information to send the content to your friend.

Public Areas Sweepstakes or Contest Registration
We occasionally may conduct sweepstakes or contests that ask visitors to our web site to complete registration forms that include name, mailing address, phone and email address and additional personal information about their age, activities, attitudes and interests. Registration questions allow us to contact you if you are a winner and help us serve you better and improve the usefulness of our site. Your name, age and home state may be posted on our web site if your name is drawn as a winner.  In conjunction with your Contest Registration, we will also register you as a user of the 15-40 website.  As a registered user, we may also send you news, announcements, requests for donations or similar communications as a result of your Sweepstakes or Contest Registration.  Instructions for opting out of receiving this information appears in the section titled “Opting Out”. We will not sell your information to any other person.

Public Areas
The 15-40 Connection is currently in the process of expanding the content in its public areas (including on social media).  You may comment on a blog, or share your personal information on the 15-40 Connection web site or other social channels. Sharing information is helpful to other visitors to the 15-40 Connection web site who may learn from you experiences. We do keep your personal information in association with your submission.  We do not share your contact information with others without your permission; however, if you provide contact information in a public area, we do not automatically remove it.  Any person visiting the 15-40 Connection public areas would be able to see the information. You may not provide any credit card number, social security number or other financial account number about yourself or another in a public area.  Such information will be violation of our Terms of Use.

Donations
You may choose to make a donation to the 15-40 Connection by visiting pages marked to provide donations.  When making a donation, we will ask for your name, mailing address, phone number and email address and may ask for additional information about your age, activities, attitudes and interests.  You may also choose to have your donation processed with ACH transfers of credit card transactions, which will necessitate that you provide financial account numbers, such as a credit card number, bank account number and bank routing number (“Financial Account Information”).  In conjunction with your Donation, we will also register you as a user of the 15-40 website.  As a registered user, we may also send you news, announcements, requests for donations or similar communications.  Instructions for opting out of receiving this information appears in the section titled “Opting Out”. We will not sell your information to any other person.  We will not store any of your Financial Account Information.

Registrations
From time to time, we may offer you other methods to become a registered user for the website.  When registering, we will ask for information that includes name, mailing address, phone and email address and may ask for additional personal information about your age, activities, attitudes and interests.  As a registered user, we may also send you news, announcements, requests for donations or similar communications as a result of your Sweepstakes or Contest Registration.  Instructions for opting out of receiving this information appears in the section titled “Opting Out”.

Other Information
We collect certain aggregate and non-personal information when you visit this web site. Aggregate and non-personal information does not relate to a single identifiable visitor. It tells us such things as how many users visited our site and the pages accessed. By collecting this information, we learn how to best tailor our web site to our visitors. We collect this information either through “cookie” technology or with “web beacons,” as explained below.

Web Beacons
Certain pages on our site contain “web beacons” (also known as Internet tags, pixel tags and clear GIFs). These web beacons allow third parties to obtain information such as the IP address of the computer that downloaded the page on which the beacon appears, the URL of the page on which the beacon appears, the time the page containing the beacon was viewed, the type of browser used to view the page, and the information in cookies set by the third party. We use log files to store the data that is collected through web beacons. The 15-40 Connection may also use third party web beacons to help manage online advertising. These web beacons would be provided by our ad management partners and Google Analytics. These files enable Google Analytics to recognize a unique cookie on your web browser, which in turn enables us to learn which advertisements bring users to our web site. The cookie on your web browser was placed by the 15-40 Connection, or by another advertiser who works with Google Analytics. With both cookies and web beacon technology, the information that we collect and share is anonymous and not personally identifiable. It does not contain your name, address, telephone number, or email address.

Cookies
Like many organizations, we use browser cookies on this web site. Browser cookies are bits of text that are placed on your computer’s hard drive when you visit certain web sites. We use browser cookies to tell us, for example, whether you’ve visited us before or if you’re a new visitor and to help us identify site features in which you may have the greatest interest. Browser cookies may enhance your online experience by saving your preferences while you are visiting a particular site. The “help” portion of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how to stop accepting new browser cookies, how to be notified when you receive a new browser cookie, and how to disable existing browser cookies. Remember though, without browser cookies, you may not be able to take full advantage of all our web site features. We may also use flash cookies on our web site to enhance your online experience. Flash cookies are similar to browser cookies, except that they can store data more complex than simple text. Flash cookies, by themselves, cannot do anything to or with the data on your computer. In addition, flash cookies cannot access or remember your email address or other personal information unless you provide the information on this site. We use flash cookies to provide you with a better user experience.

Information We Share
We do not sell or otherwise disclose personal information about our web site visitors, except as described here. We may share information provided by our visitors to 15-40.org with service providers we have retained to perform services on our behalf, including but not limited to performing routine maintenance, design, web site management and public relations. In addition, we may disclose information about you (i) if we are required to do so by law or legal process, (ii) to law enforcement authorities or other government officials, or (iii) when we believe disclosure is necessary or appropriate to prevent physical harm or financial loss or in connection with an investigation of suspected or actual illegal activity.

We reserve the right to transfer any information we have about you in the event we sell or transfer all or a portion of our business or assets. Should such a sale or transfer occur, we will use reasonable efforts to direct the transferee to use personal information you have provided through this web site in a manner that is consistent with this Privacy Statement.

If you provide Financial Account Information, this information will be shared with our service providers for processing the transaction.  We will not store your Financial Account Information.

Children’s Privacy
This web site is not directed to children under the age of thirteen and we do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of thirteen on the site. If we become aware that we have inadvertently received personal information from a visitor under the age of thirteen on the site, we will delete the information from our records.

How We Protect Personal Information
We maintain administrative, technical and physical safeguards to protect against unauthorized disclosure, use, alteration or destruction of the personal information you provide on this web site. We use secure socket layer (SSL) technology for all transactions involving Financial Account Information and registration, including Sweepstakes and Contest Registrations to help keep the personal information you provide on this site secure.

How To Opt-Out of receiving Emails From 15-40 Connection
If you no longer wish to receive email news, announcements, requests for donations or similar email communications please email us at info@15-40.org and write, “unsubscribe” in the subject line.

Updates to Our Privacy Policy
This Privacy Statement may be updated periodically and without prior notice to you to reflect changes in our online information practices. We will post a prominent notice on this web site to notify you of any significant changes to our Privacy Statement and indicate at the top of the statement when it was most recently updated.

How To Contact Us
If you have any questions or comments about this Privacy Policy, or if you would like us to update information we have about you or your preferences, please Contact Us.

-Last Updated February 2015