May 2021

"Because of You" April E-Update Focus: Fit2Be Cancer Free

In 2017, Gary Reedy invited CEOs across the country to join him in a nationwide, virtual step tracking challenge titled "Fit2Be Cancer Free." The challenge was launched as a way to highlight the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and the impact physical activity can have on our risk of developing certain diseases, like cancer. St. Louis executives became engaged in the initiative the following year, with a handful of participants in 2018, and has grown exponentially since then. In 2021, our CEOs Against Cancer Chapter of St. Louis represented 18 of the 61 individuals participating in the one-day CEO Challenge.

In this update, you will find highlights and accomplishments from our Chapter's engagement in the Fit2Be Cancer Free Challenge.

Recapping the Years...

In 2018, we had 4 participants who took on the one-day CEO Step Challenge: Rich Liekweg, Trish Lollo, Jim Kavanaugh, and Glenn Kellow.

After seeing the fun and excitement that developed that first year, 14 CEOs signed on to participate in the 2019 challenge. St. Louis led the nation with our 14 members walking 531, 222 steps and approximately 250 miles.

2020 threw us a curveball and despite a national pandemic, our CEOs Chapter represented 16 of the 50+ executives lacing up their sneakers across the country. Our Chapter logged 417,472 steps and 211.37 miles.

And finally, this year, we had 18 CEOs/executives from the St. Louis market represented in the one-day CEO step challenge! WOW! A total of 634,395 combined steps were taken in just 24 hours! This blew last year’s total out of the water.

National Recognition Highlights

  • In 2019 the Award for Most Employee Encouragement went to Warner Baxter, Ameren and the 2019 Award for Most Socially Active went to Trish Lollo and Rich Liekwig, BJC HealthCare.
  • In 2020, Joe Koenig, WWT took home the national Award for Most Socially Active CEO.
  • And finally, in 2021, Tim Figge, Hussmann Corporation ranked 2nd place in the nation for total number of steps while the Most Socially Active CEO Award went to Steve O'Loughlin, LHM.

Hope Lodge Cooking

As plans to reopen the World Wide Technology Hope Lodge are in the works, we hope to welcome our St. Louis Chapter members back to continue the tradition of preparing and serving dinner to our guests. In past years, this volunteer opportunity has been highly enjoyed by both our corporate partners as well as the patients and their caregivers.