Breast cancer awareness took on a whole new meaning for business telephone system provider TelWare this year. A member of our TelWare family was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. "We're close-knit, so when something happens to one of us, it affects all of us," says Scott Clontz, Vice President of Operations at TelWare.
This year, along with a team of co-workers, family and friends, TelWare has accepted the challenge to raise funds to support the Komen Charlotte Race for the Cure on October 5, 2013 in the fight against breast cancer. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime and the more we raise, the more the Charlotte Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure can give back to fund vital breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs in our community.
"Together, we are funding and supporting the search for a cure. We are committed to the communities we serve and will not stop until this disease is gone forever," says Clontz. Will you please join us in this fight by making a donation today? TelWare's goal is to raise $6,000 for Komen Charlotte. That's a pretty lofty goal, but we've already raised 95% of that goal! Please help us reach this goal with your financial support. Online donations are simple, tax-deductible and the site is secure.
About Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Susan G. Komen for the Cure was founded in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died of breast cancer at 36. Nancy promised Suzy she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer. Since then, Susan G. Komen for the Cure has expanded to include 122 Affiliates in the U.S. and three international Affiliates (Italy, Germany and Puerto Rico). It has funded $1.9 billion in community health and breast cancer research grants. In 1982, the five-year survival rate for early-stage breast cancer was 74%. Now it’s 99%.
In 1996, Charlotte activist Penelope Wilson envisioned bringing the Komen Race for the Cure to Charlotte. The first Charlotte race was held in 1997 at the Mint Museum. In 1999, the Komen Charlotte Affiliate was officially established and the Race for the Cure was moved to Uptown Charlotte. Since then, Komen Charlotte has awarded $2.4 million in community health grants and continues to host education programs and events to raise awareness and support for the fight against breast cancer.