Jackson EMC’s employees from all districts wore pink to help raise awareness about breast cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which begins an annual campaign to Fight in Faith by increasing awareness of the disease, spotlighting prevention, discussing education and finding a cure.
“One in nine women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, though everyone seems affected by the disease since someone close to them is affected. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same, says Kelli Scott, Athens ACS community manager. “Much progress has been made, but there’s still a long way to go.”
“Our Relay for Life teams and The American Cancer Society are working hard to raise awareness for this horrible disease. Without support from so many people, whether they’re promoting awareness, buying or contributing, charitable organizations couldn't fulfill their missions,” says Ivan Cox, Jefferson District’s 2012 Relay team chairman.
The teams raise money with many fundraisers throughout the year, but all participating agreed that the most rewarding part, aside of raising money for a cure, was the camaraderie and dedication of the employees who volunteer, including office personnel, lineman, supervisors and management. Even spouses and family members participate with the fundraising events and awareness campaigns.