NEEDHAM, Mass. – The Massachusetts Society of Clinical Oncologists (MSCO) recognized 15-40 Connection as a key participant in the fight to improve cancer survival rates on Thursday, Nov. 8, at the MSCO Annual Meeting and Award Presentations at the Sheraton Needham Hotel.
The MSCO chose 15-40 Connection as the 2018 recipient of the Audesse Award, highlighting the work of co-founders Jim Coghlin, Sr. and Nancy Coghlin. The award honors “a foundation for its outstanding efforts to educate the public about cancer care prevention and to enhance the quality of cancer care in Massachusetts.”
Dr. David Shepro, a member of the MSCO Board of Directors, nominated 15-40 Connection for the Audesse Award. Dr. Shepro also serves as the Medical Director of Cancer Care Services at Eaton Place Oncology, which is part of the Saint Vincent Medical Group in Worcester.
“(Thank you) to the people who are doing great work, like our recipients tonight, who are teaching people how to take control of their own health by looking for cancer symptoms early, so the patient can be partners in curing themselves,” said the award’s namesake, Nancy Achin-Audesse, a four-time cancer survivor and former Massachusetts State Senator from Lowell.
“People have credited us and credited 3 Steps Detect with saving their lives through early cancer detection,” 15-40 Connection Executive Director Tricia Laursen said while accepting the award. “The demand for our education is increasing, which is a great thing. The thing we’re looking for now are people that are passionate about early cancer detection… and empowering patients to play an active role in their own healthcare, as well as improving healthcare in general in the process.”