Burke will be honored at American Cancer Society breakfast

Wilton resident Ann Burke will be one of three Fairfield County women honored at the American Cancer Society (ACS)’s third annual Women Leading the Way to Wellness breakfast on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

The 7:30-9:30 a.m. breakfast at The Inn at Longshore, 260 Compo Road S in Westport, is designed to honor women like Burke for their exceptional impact in the fight against cancer and empower all women to put their own health first.

According to the ACS, one in three American women will get cancer in her lifetime and the key to prevention is focusing on early detection and healthier lifestyles and getting regular health screenings.

Burke, who lost her sister to breast cancer and her husband to liver cancer, said she is “truly honored” to be recognized by the ACS, whose efforts to raise awareness and provide education on the importance of preventive measures she has strongly supported for years.

ACS is honoring Burke for her work as executive director of benefits at Boehringer Ingelheim in Ridgefield.

“In my role, I have been able to implement important wellness initiatives,” said Burke, “including on-site screenings, cancer awareness/educational programs, and an at–home colorectal cancer screening tool, which have proven very successful.”

The Women Leading the Way in Wellness breakfast will feature author and journalist Lee Woodruff as keynote speaker and self-nourishment coach, author and Path For Life founder Jeanette Bronée as guest speaker.

There will also be a panel discussion, during which Burke will speak on behalf of Boehringer Ingelheim.

“I am truly honored to be recognized and to be speaking on behalf of Boehringer Ingelheim — a company dedicated to improving patients’ health, which includes our own employees and their family members,” she said.

Burke said she looks forward to not only sharing her thoughts on prevention and the importance of early detection at the breakfast, but also hearing from other speakers, “as I’m sure their perspectives will be enlightening.”

Fairfield county residents, local business and community leaders, and health professionals interested in learning more about cancer prevention, early detection for women and honoring local women who have been instrumental in saving more lives from cancer are cordially invited to attend.

Tickets are $75 and can be purchased by emailing lauren.ashton@cancer.org or calling 203-563-1509.

Information: ACSwomenandwellnessct.org.