Breast cancer awareness has personal meaning for business telephone system provider TelWare this year. A member of our TelWare community was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. “We’re a close-knit family, 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, friends and family, TelWare is raising funds and participating in the Komen Charlotte Race for the Cure on October 5 in the fight against breast cancer. 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. Please join us in this fight by making a donation today. TelWare’s goal is to raise $6,200 for Komen Charlotte. That’s a pretty lofty goal, but we’ve already raised 99% ($6,131)! Please help us reach this goal with your financial support. Online donations are simple, tax-deductible and the site is secure.
About Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the breast. The damaged cells can invade surrounding tissue, but with early detection and treatment, most people continue a normal life. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
Each year it is estimated that over 220,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women, second only to heart disease. Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,150 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 410 will die each year.
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%.
The 17th Annual Race for the Cure returns to Charlotte’s Marshall Park on Saturday, October 5. The event features a 5K timed race, 5K non-competitive run/walk, one-mile route, 50-yard kids’ dash, race expo, survivor’s tent, exhibits and more.