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Category Archive: Newsletter

/ January 19, 2018

C&C Announces Exciting Leadership Change

After many years of holding two titles at Compassion & Choices — president and chief executive officer — and guiding the organization through tremendous success and growth, Barbara Coombs Lee will hand off one of those roles and establish a new leadership model for C&C. The board of directors has appointed Kim Callinan, chief program […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Rosa Enriquez

“I’ve had a lot of death in my life,” explains Rosa Enriquez, a social welfare student and full-time veterinary technician in Berkeley, California. “My grandmother died at 68, and the last 18 months of her life were very difficult. Her doctors would say, ‘It’s a good kind of cancer; you should treat it,’ without really […]

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Another Medical Association Drops Aid-in-Dying Opposition

The Massachusetts Medical Society’s (MMS) House of Delegates voted to adopt a new position of “neutral engagement” on the practice of medical aid in dying December 2, one day after a survey was released showing the society’s members backed the state’s End of Life Options Act by a 2-1 margin. “If medical aid in dying […]

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/ November 10, 2017

More National Groups Back Validity of Medical Aid in Dying

Compassion & Choices is pleased to have two additional influential authorities affirm our mission and message in the past month, joining a growing list of noble allies. On October 24, the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) announced it supports laws giving terminally ill adults the option of medical aid in dying to peacefully end […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Michael Martignetti

“I represent the two out of three people living with disabilities in Massachusetts who are in favor of death with dignity,” says Michael Martignetti of Lexington, who has been helping C&C by testifying at hearings and doing community outreach since preparations for his state’s 2012 referendum. Michael, whose mobility is increasingly limited by Friedreich’s ataxia […]

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Chicago Truth in Treatment Event Hits Capacity

The Illinois End-of-Life Options Coalition, comprised of Compassion & Choices, ACLU and Illinois Final Options, had every seat filled for a two-day event to explore facing illness and the end of life with confidence and control using Truth in Treatment as the means to take the reins when faced with a diagnosis. The event, led […]

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/ October 13, 2017

Supporters Come Out in Force for Massachusetts Hearing

It’s been another active legislative session so far, and our Massachusetts team continues to forge ahead with increasing strength. The​ ​state’s Joint​ ​Public​ ​Health​ ​Committee​ ​held​ ​a​ ​hearing​ ​on the End of Life Options Act September 26, and we succeeded in making a statement, rallying more than 150 advocates to attend and over 25 supporters […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Janet Green

Janet Green of Upstate New York has made our issue her issue. Her first husband, Bob’s, injuries from an accident left him in a vegetative state for 12 years, seven of which she cared for him at home. But it was her partner, Harry’s, painful ordeal with bone cancer in 2016 on top of the […]

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The State That Started It All Celebrates 20 Years

On October 27, 1997, Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act — the first law in America of its kind — went into effect, allowing terminally ill adults to end their lives in a more gentle manner than their diseases might allow and setting the precedent for all laws of its kind that have followed. Compassion & […]

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/ August 29, 2017

C&C Connects at National Medical Association Annual Convention

The variabilities in healthcare between African-American and white patients are well documented, but the disparities in care between these groups specifically at the end of life are less so. In an effort to raise awareness around this issue, representatives from Compassion & Choices attended the 115th Annual National Medical Association Convention and Scientific Assembly. The […]

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