LENDING A HAND

August 23, 2012

Breast cancer has personally touched many of us here at JHE. With statistics stating that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some time in their lives, it is hard to not know someone who has been affected by it.

I started volunteering for Susan G. Komen for the Cure in 2005 after my cousin finished her own battle with cancer. She and I both started volunteering and met some wonderful people and made great friends through the organization.

 

Throughout the years, as I have needed help with things for Komen, I have never had a problem finding fellow JHE employees to help lend a hand. We held an event at our office several years ago where we stuffed more than 800 survivor goody bags for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. In true JHE fashion, we tackled the task at hand and everyone just dove in and we got it done quickly and efficiently. There were hundreds of excited survivors on race day happy to get their goody bags as a token of appreciation for all that they had been through. I had one co-worker show up at 4 a.m. to help set-up for the race while keeping a smile on her face the entire time. We even had our own breast cancer survivor from JHE serve on the Komen board for a while. This year, JHE has a team participating in the race.

I love to volunteer and have many causes that I support. I started volunteering as a child and giving back has always been something that I feel is a huge part of my life.  I am so glad to get to be a part of the 25 Days of Service Committee and get to see firsthand what dedicated people we have working here.

One of our events will be on Monday, September 24 at the Susan G. Komen for the Cure office (2316 Randolph Rd. Charlotte, NC 28207) from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. We will have a drive-thru registration where participants can register for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure (October 6) and pick-up their race packets and t-shirts during their lunch. Chick-fil-A will be there giving out freebies to anyone who registers.

This is just another example of our team coming together to support a wonderful cause that hits so close to home. I am truly proud to be a part of it.

ASHLEY DEMPSEY

Tags:
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Chick-fil-A, survivor
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