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  • Thinking Pink to End Breast Cancer

    , Senior Vice President, Marketing

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    Each October, as fall foliage offers brilliant displays of reds and yellows, people around the world come together to turn the world pink. Consumer products change their labels to shades of pink and professional football teams wear pink gloves and socks and incorporate the pink ribbon on their helmets to raise funds and show support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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    Corporate Citizenship, From Our Experts

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    Cancer Awareness: It’s personal

    , President and Chief Executive Officer

    “You have cancer.”

    Those three words create a maelstrom of emotions. I know. I was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2009.

    Think PinkThanks to a conversation with Michael Leonczyk, who was Konica Minolta’s Chief Financial Officer at the time, I knew that my back pain and other symptoms needed immediate attention, despite the fact that I was getting on a plane in the morning for a family golf vacation. Michael had been battling kidney cancer for three months when I walked in to that Las Vegas emergency room. Doctors would remove my left kidney and a malignant tumor the size of a fist.

    Kidney cancer is a pass/fail disease. Caught early enough, it has a 97 percent cure rate. I was lucky. And, this past June, I marked five years of being cancer free. Mike was not lucky. He lost his battle after my diagnosis.

    Not a day goes by that I don’t thank him for that conversation back in 2009. I have a different perspective on the world. Having cancer changes what’s important.

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    Corporate Citizenship, Leadership, Thought Leaders

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