Todd Muscatello Inspiration Award
The inaugural recipient of the Todd Muscatello Inspiration Award is Todd Muscatello for his years of volunteerism and support of the American Cancer Society. The Todd Muscatello Inspiration Award is given to a person or group of people who support the Rochester office of the American Cancer Society in ways that encourage others to join us in the fight against cancer. This award is symbolic of giving one’s time, talent, treasure or a combination of these in a way that furthers the fight against cancer. This honor serves as an example for how others may also join us in our mission to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight against cancer.
Todd is corporate vice president and commercial market leader for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield (Excellus BCBS). In this role, Todd has strategic oversight for the company’s employer group book of business, representing 1.1 million members. He also oversees all regional and national account commercial sales, account management, sales operations and distribution channel management functions.
Todd joined Excellus BCBS in 2001, advancing to various executive leadership positions and consistently expanding his overall accountabilities. Overall, Todd has over 18 years of leadership experience in the health insurance industry.
In additional to his role at Excellus BCBS, Todd oversees operations of Lifetime Benefit Solutions, a 180-employee large third-party employee benefits administer, servicing over 10,000 customers and operating across the United States.
In the Upstate New York Community, Todd proudly serves as board chair for the American Cancer Society in Rochester. Todd also serves as vice chair for the Cancer Society’s Upstate region. Todd is a past board member of the March of Dimes, the Salvation Army organizations as well as the Cancer Society’s Eastern US Board. Nationally, Todd has served on the BlueCross BlueShield National Labor Office Board of Directors.
Todd is a graduate of the College of St. Rose in Albany. He and his wife, Meghan, were married in October 2005 and have a daughter, Abigail, and a son, Anthony. The family resides in the Central New York town of Manlius.
ACS Community Champion Award
The inaugural recipient of the ACS Community Champion Award is Dr. Luke Peppone. This award honors an individual or organization that has made a significant impact in the fight against cancer while helping to advance the Society’s strategic values of helping people stay and get well, to find cures and to fight back.
Dr. Peppone is an Assistant Professor of Oncology, Surgery, and Orthopaedics at the URMC. Over the past 11 years at URMC, Dr. Peppone has focused on clinical research for symptom management in cancer patients with a focus on nutraceutical interventions such as high-dose vitamin D, high-dose omega-3 supplementation, and guaraná. He has been awarded $2.5 million in independent funding as PI from NIH and ACS, has published 58 peer-reviewed manuscripts, and has received more than 12 scientific awards from national and international associations. Dr. Peppone has also worked closely within the Research Base to develop concepts and implement protocols that use nutraceuticals (i.e., vitamin D, magnesium, omega-3, and guaraná). Dr. Peppone’s research is in the area of cancer control and survivorship with primary foci on investigating the influence of nutritional supplementation and exercise on toxicities and side effects (acute, chronic and late) stemming from cancer and its treatments including translational foci investigating psychoneuroimmunological and genetic mechanistic pathways. He is currently investigating the effects of high-dose vitamin D, marine ω-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, guaraná (a Brazilian botanical product) supplementation, and medical cannabis. The effect of high-dose vitamin D supplementation is being tested on arthralgias, bone mineral density, and fatigue among breast and prostate cancer patients on hormonal therapy. Both marine ω-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and guaraná supplementation are being tested for their effects on fatigue and cognitive issues.
For more than a 100 years, The American Cancer Society has been leading the fight to end cancer. With your support, we have helped usher in an era where more people survive cancer than ever before. By translating our research findings into action, we've seen a 20% decline in US cancer death rates since the early 1990s. Join us to help finish the fight.
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