Sandra Cotterell Attends President Biden’s “Moonshot” Event at JFK Library

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Greg Wilmot, CEO of East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, Sandra Cotterell, CEO of Codman, Dr. Charles Anderson, CEO of the Dimock Center, Guale Valdez, CEO Mattapan Community Health Center, Jagdeep Trivedi, CEO of Uphams Corner Health Center, and Chuck Jones, CEO of Harbor Health.

Federal and Local Leaders Gather for Biden Event

President Joe Biden visited Dorchester on Monday, September 12th, to deliver a speech about cutting cancer deaths as part of his cancer “moonshot” effort.    The event took place on the 60th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s moonshot speech advocating putting a man on the moon.

During his speech at the JFK library, President Biden talked about enhanced cancer-fighting efforts. He spoke of researchers developing a vaccine for cancer, a blood test for early detection, and even a single shot that would replace chemotherapy treatments. He also announced a new agency, the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H), which will focus on biomedical research and innovation.

Guests in attendance represented researchers, patients, and the health care world, including Codman CEO Sandra Cotterell. She was moved to see President Biden’s commitment and enthusiasm in the room.

“To hear the President talk about his commitment to fighting cancer was great.” Cotterell said. “It was also energizing to see the enthusiasm in the room from all of the researchers, health officials, medical providers, and patients who will be working together to make it happen.”