Last week, I had the pleasure of joining Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Stand Up To Cancer® co-Founder Kathleen Lobb and local business leaders to launch the Central Florida leg of a campaign tour called “The Baton Pass™” that raises funds for Stand Up To Cancer® (SU2C), a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, to support its innovative cancer research, designed to get new therapies to patients quickly.
With nearly 4,000 Siemens employees in the Orlando area, we were proud to kick-off the day-long tour from Orlando City Hall. Siemens Energy, Fifth Third Bank, and other downtown employees were on-hand for the first official passing of the Baton as Mayor Dyer proclaimed June 12th as “The Baton Pass Day” in the City of Orlando.
Traveling from City Hall in a Baton Pass brand-wrapped bus, the Baton was passed at several events including the UF Health Cancer Center - Orlando Health, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute and Siemens Energy, all representing important aspects of central Florida’s industries – healthcare and energy. Here is what some of our community partners had to say about this innovative, grassroots effort led by Siemens in collaboration with SU2C:
- “As Mayor, the health and well being of our citizens is extremely important to me and I am proud to partner with Siemens to launch the Baton Pass campaign here in Orlando to bring awareness and support to the fight against cancer,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “As part of this initiative, I would like to encourage all of Orlando’s citizens, to get involved by passing the baton virtually on www.facebook.com/TheBatonPass and joining us as we work together to find a cure for cancer.”
- “I want to thank Mayor Dyer and the entire Siemens team for making The Baton Pass such a huge success,” stated SU2C Co-founder Kathleen Lobb. “When we started SU2C six years ago, we had two big communications goals: make people see what an incredibly hopeful moment this is in cancer research, and convince everyone that each and every one of us can do something to help scientists working 24/7 to develop new therapies in their labs and get them to patients … quickly. The Baton Pass has given us a fantastically simple but enormously powerful tool to do just that. We thank everyone in Orlando who helped make today so incredible.”
- "Dollars for cancer research are a critical piece of the puzzle to treating and curing cancer," said Mark Roh, President of UF Health Cancer Center - Orlando Health. "For those of us who face the reality of cancer every day, being able to participate in this event is inspiring and empowering."
- “Philanthropic support of medical research drives innovation to accelerate the discovery of new cancer-fighting therapeutics. SU2C’s funding encourages collaboration across disciplines, institutions, countries, and specialties, and pushes the dream of ending cancer closer to reality,” said Dr. Layton Smith, director of Drug Discovery at Sanford-Burnham at Lake Nona.
- “At Siemens, we believe that innovating and expediting scientific discoveries is vital to the communities in which we live and work,” said Randy Zwirn, CEO of Siemens Energy. “Of course resources are needed to make this possible, and that’s why Siemens is proud to bring this grassroots campaign to the Orlando community to support Stand Up To Cancer in its mission to accelerate innovative cancer research and save lives.”
In addition to our global Energy business with its Americas headquarters in Orlando, Siemens is also one of the leading global engineers of imaging, lab diagnostics and healthcare IT solutions.
We joined forces with SU2C, sharing the goal of accelerating innovative cancer research so that new therapies get to patients more quickly. For every pass of the Baton -- physically and online Siemens will donate one dollar to SU2C -- up to $1 million from now through September 5, 2014.
Already the Baton has reached over 650,000 passes and traveled to more than 60 events across the country, touching the hands of community members, patients, survivors, doctors, scientists, health care workers, families and anyone who has been affected by cancer, signifying how we are all united in the fight against this disease.
We’re proud to help raise awareness of the Baton Pass and what it symbolizes.
For more information on The Baton Pass, please visit www.usa.siemens.com/baton.
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