October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and throughout the remainder of the month @FordOnline will be sharing the stories of courageous Ford employees who have fought their own personal battles with the disease.
But first, some information about breast cancer and what Ford is doing to help support the cause.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the U.S., aside from skin cancer. And it is the second most common cause of cancer deaths among women.
Ford has been active in the fight against breast cancer for 24 years, intensifying its efforts with the introduction of Ford Warriors in Pink more than a decade ago. To date, the company has raised more than $136 million for the cause through the sale of original Warriors in Pink wear and gear. If you would like to support the effort, please click here. For every purchase of Warriors in Pink apparel, 100 percent of the net proceeds go to support one of four breast cancer charities: Susan G. Komen®, the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, The Pink Fund and the Young Survival Coalition. You will have the opportunity to select the charity of your choice at checkout.
Each of the charities supports the cause in a different way. As an example, The Pink Fund provides 90-day non-medical cost-of-living expenses to breast cancer patients in active treatment for breast cancer, so they can focus on healing, raising their families and returning to the workplace. At a recent fundraising event, the founder of the organization announced that The Pink Fund has paid $3 million in non-medical bills to date.
Ford employees are involved in a variety of activities especially geared toward breast cancer survivors. For example, Csilla Gutay, who works in electrified powertrain engineering controls, created a team within the Ford Employee Recreation Association’s Canoe and Kayak Club called the Motor City Dragons to honor a dear friend who lost her battle with breast cancer. The team paddles a dragon boat called “Mustang Patty.” Email Csilla here if you would like more information.
Ford Employee Lynne Hawkins, a 20-year breast cancer survivor, recommends another organization for breast cancer patients called Casting for Recovery, which provides opportunities for both physical and emotional healing through fly fishing retreats. The retreats are offered at no cost and are open to women with breast cancer of all ages, in all stages of treatment and recovery.