ArtThread Selected to Participate in
the LIVESTRONG® Global Cancer Summit in Dublin, Ireland
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"I am a childhood cancer survivor who has used the power of creative expression as a survivorship tool within my own personal experience," begins the commitment Jay Klein wrote for his entry into the Lance Armstrong Foundation's Livestrong Global Cancer Summit, set for August 2009 in Dublin.
Jay, the CEO and founder of ArtThread, was part of a select group of individuals and organizations who have made commitments to global cancer control. The summit brings together "world leaders, corporations, non-government organizations, and advocates in an unprecedented show of solidarity."
This is a huge honor for Jay and the whole ArtThread team, and we are proud to be represented at this important international event.
"The overall goal of the ArtThread Foundation is to share the international reach of our proprietary technology by partnering with other organizations whose mission it is to improve the quality of lives of cancer patients. Our hope is that these partnerships build community, increase awareness, and offer innovative methods towards sustainability," continues Jay in his commitment.
The Summit is the landmark event of the LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Campaign, an effort of the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF). Jay will represent ArtThread’s commitment to fight cancer worldwide and engage with world media, political leaders, representatives of non-governmental organizations and corporate leadership.
“Cancer is a major public health problem that affects every country in every region of the world regardless of economic and social situation,” said Lance Armstrong, LAF founder and chairman, cancer survivor and champion cyclist. “Through collective action, we will make a renewed commitment to reducing the burden of cancer around the world and break down the stigma and silence too often associated with the disease.”
In September 2008, Armstrong announced the Foundation’s commitment to making cancer a global priority at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York. The LAF made this commitment after its worldwide research, conducted over 18 months, revealed widespread misconceptions, stigma and lack of awareness associated with cancer.
In response, the LAF established the LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Campaign to urgently address the burden of cancer worldwide and support the 28 million people living with cancer around the globe. Cancer kills more people every year than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. It is estimated that cancer will be the leading cause of death worldwide by 2010.
The ArtThread Foundation is proud to join the LIVESTRONG movement by offering its technology and fund-raising tools to support grassroots solutions that improve sustainability for community cancer advocacy organizations. For individual survivors ArtThread is committed to using its creative expression tools to improve palliative care and psychosocial support for cancer survivors worldwide.
Jay and the ArtThread Foundation are looking forward to participating in the LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Summit in Dublin, Ireland from August 24-26, 2009 and helping to make the case for acting urgently to address the global cancer burden.