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It’s October and once again we at CFI are working together to raise awareness and funds for Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Every year we are humbled by the number of employees who participate in our donation drive, take part in raising awareness for our annual Pink Day, and this year, CFI is matching donations dollar for dollar through the month of October! It’s our goal to raise $1,000 for Susan G. Komen.

In 1980, Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan, that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became the Susan G. Komen® organization and the beginning of a global movement. What was started with $200 and a shoebox full of potential donor names has now grown into the world’s largest nonprofit source of funding for the fight against breast cancer. To date, we’ve invested more than $2.9 billion in groundbreaking research, community health outreach, advocacy and programs in more than 60 countries. Our efforts helped reduce deaths from breast cancer by 40 percent between 1989-2016 and we won’t stop until our promise is fulfilled.

Last year we were unable to match our goal of $2,000 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but this year we are pulling together to help make a difference in a disease that affects 1 in 8 women. Each year approximately 275,000 women and 2,500 men in the US will be diagnosed with some form of breast cancer. Over the past 25 years, the survivor rate of breast cancer has improved by 40% thanks to advances in medicine, improved research, and early detection.

Friday, October 22, is National Mammogram Day, always falling on the 3rd Friday in October. Early detection and advances in mammography enable doctors to detect the most minute changes in cells that can later lead to breast cancer. To this point in history, there is no treatment that comes close to solving breast cancer quite as well as early detection. We heartily encourage all of our staff to be proactive about their scheduling and check-ups and remind them that this is not a disease that only impacts women. 1 in 100 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point and early detection and awareness with self screenings can add critical time to a diagnosis. Men and women should both contact a doctor if they find any abnormal lumps, skin, or feelings in their breast tissue while conducting a monthly self-check. 

This year, join CFI and commit to having regular screenings and join us in raising funds for research and prevention.