Dedicating time and expertise in the communities where our employees live and work.
Heart Health Month
Every February, Boston Scientific celebrates heart health month by encouraging employees around the globe to learn risk factors and raise awareness for cardiovascular disease in women. In Minnesota, Boston Scientific has sponsored the Hearts for FashionSM Show for the past 7 years at the Mall of America, a fashion show that combines education on heart disease and encouragement of heart healthy lifestyles with showcasing local design talent.
The show has grown and evolved each year due to the hard work and dedication of Boston Scientific employee volunteers. At the most recent show, local design students from St Catherine’s, Minneapolis Community Technical College, University of Minnesota and Art Institute International presented their ground-breaking designs inspired by the Go Red for Women initiative. Plus, heart disease survivors had a chance to rock the runway as attendees celebrated their courage and strength.
Boston Scientific Participates in “No Shave November”
Every November, men grow a mustache to raise awareness and funds for cancer and men’s health. This year, the Boston Scientific MedSurg businesses joined the month-long journey and our employees around the world raised more than $46,000 to support cancer and men’s health. Nearly $20,000 will be donated to The Lustgarten Foundation to help fight pancreatic cancer and more than $26,000 will be donated to the Movember Foundation for men’s health programs that support prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity.
BSC Thailand Planting for Life and Land
Last summer, 30 employees and their families from Boston Scientific (BSC) Thailand participated in a sapling planting activity in a mangrove forest in the Gulf of Thailand. Mangrove forests are home to a large variety of fish, crab, shrimp, and mollusk species that provide an essential source of food for thousands of coastal communities around the world.
The dense root systems of mangrove forests trap sediments flowing down rivers and off the land, which stabilizes the coastline and prevents erosion. The mangrove forests also absorb carbon dioxide (CO2), helping to reduce the effects of global warming.
In recent years, the mangrove forests have fallen victim to logging activities with rather disastrous consequences. This has become a serious concern around the world. BSC Thailand employees planned a day to plant and grow small saplings to help preserve the mangrove forest in an effort to demonstrate BSC's core value: Caring. The team planted over 400 Avicennia shrub saplings and plans to continue returning in years to come to plant more.
Closing the Gap in Pancreatic Cancer Research
Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer related death, and it is expected to become the second leading cause by the year 20201. To date, there is no prevention or cure.
The Boston Scientific Close the Gap initiative is committed to changing these statistics, working closely with organizations on the front line of funding research and providing health education information to individuals who are most at risk.
In September, the Close the Gap team participated in the New England Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk in Boston, hosted by The Lustgarten Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing scientific and medical research in the diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention of pancreatic cancer. More than 1,000 individuals attended the event, including 65 Boston Scientific employees and their families, many of whom have been personally touched by pancreatic cancer.
Boston Scientific employees also participated in walks in Naperville, IL, Denver, CO, and Jones Beach, NY. To date, the team has raised more than $15,000 through various fundraising activities, and fundraising continues through November – Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. ENDO- 275114-AA October 2014