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The one hundred honoree: Marsha Cannon

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The one hundred honoree: Marsha Cannon

Mass General Giving

As a dedicated supporter of cancer research, Marsha Cannon is bringing new awareness to the environmental causes of breast cancer.

Marsha is helping to fight cancer on two unique fronts. Her late husband was a patient of Noopur Raje, MD, at the Mass General Cancer Center and Marsha has remained committed to supporting Dr. Raje’s research on multiple myeloma, a form of bone marrow cancer. In addition, Marsha is the vice chair of Art beCAUSE Breast Cancer Foundation, which has a mission to fund scientific research on the environmental causes of breast cancer and educate the public on prevention. Art beCAUSE is seeking to raise $5 million to fund a consortium of four scientific laboratories at Boston University and Tufts University. This is the first initiative of its kind, focusing on the environmental causes of breast cancer and capitalizing on the synergies of this team of world-renowned scientists who are collaborating to discover which chemicals cause breast cancer, how they cause it and how to prevent it.

Marsha spent 38 years with the U.S Postal Service including five years as Postmaster of Boston. She became an advocate of breast cancer research in 1998 when the Postal Service issued the Breast Cancer Research stamp. She has hosted and partnered in numerous breast cancer awareness events, including leading a 50-person team from the Cambridge Post Office as they walked all night at the Relay for Life. She’s served on several boards throughout the area and has been the recipient of many postal industry awards.