WESTBOROUGH, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--15-40 Connection is proud to announce that its founder, Jim Coghlin, Sr., is being honored by Massachusetts General Hospital’s Cancer Center as a member of “The One Hundred,” celebrating 100 individuals and organizations that have made a significant difference in the fight against cancer. Funds raised at the annual event on June 10, 2014 will support the Cancer Center’s patient care, research, education and community outreach programs.
"Jim Coghlin is a valued member of the cancer community," says Sara Kelly Silacci, senior managing director at the Mass General Cancer Center. "We commend Jim for his commitment to the fight against cancer and applaud his organization, 15-40 Connection, in its mission to educate teens and young adults about cancer symptoms. Early detection is our best chance to cure cancer, and Jim and 15-40 Connection are helping save countless young lives.”
In honoring a request made by a close friend who lost his life to cancer, Mr. Coghlin managed a Central Massachusetts golf tournament to support cancer research and care. He discovered that improvements in cancer survival rates for teens and young adults, aged 15-40, lagged significantly behind all other groups, and that this was largely due to delays in diagnosis that allowed cancer to progress to more advanced stages. This led him to found 15-40 Connection, whose primary mission is to educate teens and young adults about ways to recognize early warning signs of cancer and the importance of early detection. 15-40 Connection provides educational resources and programs for high schools, colleges, corporate audiences, and through social media.
About the 15-40 Connection
15-40 Connection is an emerging national organization committed to raising awareness about the life-saving advantage of early cancer detection. We empower individuals to take personal responsibility for their health, check themselves for cancer, and take assertive action in response to persistent health changes. 15 to 40-year-olds are diagnosed with cancer nearly five times more frequently than young children. However since 1975, improvements in their survival rates have not kept pace with those for other age groups. We strive to improve cancer survival rates for this overlooked population by providing educational resources, tools, and programming.
15-40 Connection is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization.