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4 Page 4 POST-GAZETTE, MAY 25, 2012 I 00oston's.untoRemem,,erasan American Cancer Society DetermiNation Athlete Jenna Pettinicchi of the battle to cancer, or those North End in Boston will be who fight on as our brave by Sal Giarratani ...... running in Boston's Run to survivors, but also eelebrat- Remember Half Marathon on ing the strong communities It Isn't that Easy Getting Out of Dodge Sunday, May 27, as an that have helped each can- American Cancer Society DetermiNation athlete. The Society's DetermiNation pro- gram is a powerful and in- spiring movement that en- ables athletes to dedicate their training and participa- tion in marathons, half marathons and other endur- ance events in honor or in memory of a loved one with cancer, while raising funds to help the Society save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Boston's Run to Remember will mark denna's second time run- ning with the Determi- Nation program. However, the race will be her first time running a half marathon. denna will be dedicating her efforts on behalf of three very special women in her life who have been touched by cancer. Jenna's mom, grandmother and aunt all were diagnosed with cancer, and all won their battles with the disease. Shortly after her mom's diagnosis, denna became involved with the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. Relay is a life-chang- ing, overnight fundraising event that gives participants an opportunity to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and fight back against the disease. Throughout high school, Jenna was a Relay For Life team captain and served on the event planning commit- tee. She continued her sup- port at Providence College, serving as Chair of the school's Relay for three years. Today, she continues to support her hometown Relay every Spring. "American Cancer Society events, such as Determ- Nation and Relay For Lif, are about honoring not on.y those who have lost their cer patient along the way. Those who gather together to participate in Society events, gather in hope for a cure to end this disease," says Jenna. Jenna has raised more than $600 and hopes to raise even more before the May 27 race. Dollars raised through the DetermiNation program enable the American Can- cer Society to save lives and create a world with less can- cer and more birthdays by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detect- ing it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a can- cer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in ground breaking research and treatment discoveries and by fighting back by work- ing with lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities world- wide to join the fight. Training. Support. Inspira- tion. Fun. For more informa- tion about DetermiNation, please contact Katy Meagher at, or 508-270-4618 or visit / newengland. Living in a Post-IPAB World (Continued from Page i) If rates fall any lower, seniors will have an in- creasingly difficult time se- curing doctor appointments. Visits will be cut short to squeeze in patients and care compromised. IPAB is even more insid- ious because it deflects policy- makers' attention from in- novative reform efforts with real cost-saving potential. Last June, the Depart- ment of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched two such initiatives. The first would make $42 million available to improve coordi- nation of care for Medicare enrollees. Consider that just about half of Medicare beneficiaries suffering from congestive heart failure are readmitted to a hospit, al within six months of dis- charge. Each readmission costs an average of $7,000. 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Even a 40 percent reduction could save $100 bil- lion over that same period. The second HHS initiative combats chronic illness. This has enormous cost-cutting potential, as 75 percent of health care expenditures go towards the treatment of chronic diseases. Diabetes, heart disease and strokes alone cost $1 trillion annually. Patient coaching and health education could both improve enrollee health and reduce the costs of treating such illnesses. A clinical trial of the Diabetes Preven- tion Program found that en- rolling overweight adults aged 60-64 in a community- based weight loss program could save Medicare be- tween 81.8 and $2.3 billion over ten years. Both HHS initiatives hold the promise of saving money and lives. The same cannot be said for IPAB. Instead of generating savings by im- proving the health of benefi- ciaries, IPAB devalues these efforts, squeezing doctors and providers to the detri- ment of seniors. It's time to support a Medi- care cost-saving strategy that encourages long-term strategic thinking. Congress must repeal IPAB and stand up for real Medicare reform. Peter Pitts is President of the Center for Medicine in the Pub- lic Interest and a former FDA Associate Commissioner. I thought when it came time to pack it in, it would be #I #$ easy, it isn't? I'm getting all stressed out over this major life change. I thought it would be a zilch. I wouldn't run out the door fast enough. Hasn't been the great time I had expected. You got to have a plan. I hear about too many people retir- ing without one and then I'm at their wake and funeral. Back in 1972 when I was hired at age 24, I thought about a retirement date in 2002 when I was 54 years old. That was almost 10 years ago and I'm still getting up at 5 am for work Monday through Friday. Lately, I feel like I'm driv- ing my car in neutral and going nowhere. When you're in reverse, you are going backwards. When you are in drive, you are moving for- ward. However, neutral is what you do at the car wash when you take your foot off the brake and let the car wash track move you along without any help from you. It makes you feel like a helpless bystander waiting for your car to get clean. Unfortunately, few of us at retirement time seem to be able to come clean with our- selves as we flood our minds with all kinds of fears about what retirement actually means for us. Will we still be active and have a purpose to achieve? Will our days be filled with things to do and accomplishments to seek? Getting up from sleep and heading out to work isn't all it is said to be but at least it is a routine that has defined your life. I hate the alarm clock waking me up but it signifies a new day with de- fined things to do. Vacations are great and they can somewhat prepare you for your retirement. Is this what retirement will feel like? Waking up and choosing from a bunch of great things to do? At some point even on vacation, you long to return to normalcy and work. The vacation was refreshing but it is finite. A long weekend, five days, four nights or a month long cruise. Happy times away from work with work waiting for your return. My goal for retirement keeps changing as I procras- tinate about ending my life- long career. I knew this day would come but few of us are really ever ready for it. People think I am getting all crazy over nothing. I should just turn in my papers and go enjoy myself, if only things were that easy? Fearing the unknown is so dumb but fearing the un- known is only natural too. Eventually, I will work through my fears and take a trip into retirement and enjoy it. Get out of "neutral" and go into "drive." Reverse is not an option. At Present by dudean Langone I acquiesce to this... to this present state of shyness toward myself It does not equivocate its own retirement. I am not at a loss, because of an absence of seeming activity. 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