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MassMutual Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign Closes with Six-Figure Donation, Greater Understanding of Importance of Financial Preparedness
Date:2/19/2009

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) today announced that its agents' efforts to educate women about the importance of financial preparedness resulted in the company's donation of $105,000 to cancer research, prevention and treatment organizations, as well as greater awareness throughout the country in 2008.

Forty-five of MassMutual's agencies participated in the company's annual breast cancer awareness campaign, holding more than 100 Pearls of Wisdom(R) educational seminars where women learned about the importance of financial preparedness and the steps they can take to better protect their families and their futures. For each seminar, MassMutual made a contribution to a local cancer-related organization of the agent's choice.

"As always, the best time to review your financial preparedness is before an unexpected life event such as breast cancer occurs," said Beth Wood, assistant vice president of business and women affiliation marketing, MassMutual. "Our goal is to make financial education as accessible and actionable as possible, so women can start taking steps today."

Agents say that women who attended the seminars often were surprised to learn about areas they might have overlooked or misunderstood -- such as protecting their income or retirement savings, including the often-held mistaken belief that cancer survivors cannot qualify for most types of insurance.

"I'm proud to say that MassMutual continually looks at its product portfolio, service offerings, and underwriting guidelines to meet the changing needs of our current and prospective policyholders," said Melissa Millan, senior vice president of insurance product management, MassMutual. "In fact, we've updated our guidelines for breast cancer survivors several times to ensure that we remain current with the positive impacts of medical advancements." To review MassMutual's guidelines for insuring breast and other cancer survivors, visit www.massmutual.com/mmfg/pdf/breast_cancer_surviviors.pdf.

Participants from one Houston, Texas-area seminar came away with increased awareness about what to look for in life and disability income insurance and how to assess their 401(k). "I learned how important it is to have adequate life insurance," Betty Guzman commented. A Pelham Manor, NY seminar attendee, Theresa Mastrianni, added, "I now recognize the need to think about and speak to my family about planning the 'who,' 'what' and 'where' of my future long-term custodial care."

For more information, visit www.massmutual.com/womenandfinance/bcawareness. To find a Pearls of Wisdom financial education seminar near you, logon to www.massmutual.com/secure/locateanoffice and search for a financial professional near you.

About MassMutual

MassMutual is a recognized leader in its efforts to improve the understanding of women's diverse financial needs so that they may take positive steps toward preparing for their financial future and protecting the people and/or assets most important to them. Through its Pearls of Wisdom(R) seminar, MassMutual educates women on financial issues, and through sponsorship of a variety of research and educational projects and events for and about women, MassMutual makes charitable contributions to cancer organizations both nationally and locally in the name of its agencies across the country.

MassMutual Financial Group is a marketing name for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) and its affiliated companies and sales representatives. MassMutual and its subsidiaries had more than $500 billion in assets under management at year-end 2007. Assets under management include assets and certain external investment funds managed by MassMutual's subsidiaries.

Founded in 1851, MassMutual is a mutually owned financial protection, accumulation and income management company headquartered in Springfield, Mass. MassMutual's major affiliates include: OppenheimerFunds, Inc.; Babson Capital Management LLC; Baring Asset Management Limited; Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers LLC; The First Mercantile Trust Company; MML Investors Services, Inc., member FINRA and SIPC (www.finra.org and www.sipc.org); MassMutual International LLC and The MassMutual Trust Company, FSB.

    Contact:
    Karen Lavariere-Sanchez
    413-744-7660
    klavarieresanchez@massmutual.com

    Patrick Collins
    617-553-0349
    pcollins@madisoncommunications.com


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