Ernie Harwell retires as Blue Cross's health and fitness advocate

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan President and CEO Daniel J. Loepp made the following statement in conjunction with the news of legendary Detroit Tiger broadcaster Ernie Harwell's retirement to deal with a serious illness

September 4, 2009

DETROIT - Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan President and CEO Daniel J. Loepp made the following statement in conjunction with the news of legendary Detroit Tiger broadcaster Ernie Harwell's retirement to deal with a serious illness.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is coming together today with Ernie Harwell to jointly announce Mr. Harwell's retirement as Blue Cross's health and fitness advocate. Since 2003 Ernie has represented Blue Cross's commitment to fitness, exercise and healthy living with grace, honor and distinction.

Over the years Blue Cross has been blessed to have Ernie share his experiences and commitment to health and fitness with literally thousands of people across Michigan. Ernie has literally changed people's lives through his efforts to communicate about the benefits of healthy behavior and we are grateful to him for that. He has been an inspiration to all of us at the Blues who have the honor of knowing him.

On behalf of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan family, our thoughts and prayers go out to Ernie and his wife Lulu, and the Harwell family.

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