Combatting Breast Cancer

NTC dedicates October to joining the fight to end breast cancer

Oct 14, 2016

By Ron Russell
NTC Communications

DETROIT – UAW-Chrysler National Training Center (NTC) staff members aren’t just making a fashion statement by wearing pink during October. They’re taking a stand against the second-leading cause of cancer deaths among women.

Mother and daughter at Great Strides Walk
Mother and daughter at Making Strides Walk.

It’s all part of observing Breast Cancer Awareness Month at the NTC and UAW-Chrysler World Class Manufacturing Academy (WCMA) in Warren, Mich.  It sends a powerful message: No one who’s impacted by this dreaded disease walks alone.

Activities are scheduled throughout October to increase knowledge about breast cancer and raise money for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Detroit, which conducted a 5K Fundraising Walk on Saturday, Oct. 8, as part of the national observance.

Co-sponsored by the UAW, the American Cancer Society event drew 22,000 participants to the downtown area to make it a rousing celebration of breast cancer survivorship.

NTC Associate Co-Director Shane Dawes.
  NTC Associate Co-Director Shane Dawes.

“We want to do our part to touch as many lives as we can that are affected by breast cancer through our Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities,” said Shane Dawes, a breast cancer survivor and UAW Associate Co-Director of the NTC.

“From personal experience, I understand the need for a good support system if you’re a breast cancer patient. Raising money to provide help for those less fortunate than I was as a UAW member is one reason this is such a great cause.”

Lamar Harris, Associate Co-Director of the NTC from FCA US LLC, noted that every two minutes someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with breast cancer – a statistic that underscores the urgency of finding a cure for this disease.

“Working together to support this worthwhile cause is another way that we give back to our community. It’s also the right thing to do because of breast cancer’s widespread impact. Many of us know someone whose family has been impacted in one way or another by this disease.”

Men are expected to account for about 2,600 of nearly 250,000 new breast cancer cases in the United States this year.
Men are expected to account for about 2,600 of nearly 250,000 new breast cancer cases in the United States this year.

The observance at the NTC and WCMA began this week with the sale of UAW breast cancer awareness lapel pins that cost $10 each, and black and pink jackets customized for the occasion that cost from $50 to $60 each.

Throughout the week of Oct. 17, staff members who make a donation of at least $10 are encouraged to wear breast cancer pendants, jeans with any pink item of clothing.

The following week beginning Oct. 24, staffers are encouraged to wear a pendant, jeans and the following pink items according to the following schedule:
• Monday – Hat
• Tuesday – Shirt
• Wednesday – Any type of jewelry such as a bracelet or pendant
• Thursday – Socks or shoes
• Friday – Hat, shirt, jewelry, socks/shoes

Dawes said that while Breast Cancer Awareness Month supports a great cause, it also has a lighter side for those who participate. “This observance helps to bring everyone closer together as a team, have fun and even wear jeans for two whole weeks as a reward.”

All staff members who make a donation or purchase a lapel pin or jacket also will be recognized by having their name written on a pink ribbon to be included in a display near the WCMA cafeteria.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events are designed to celebrate survivors, pay tribute to loved ones lost and continue the fight to end breast cancer.
Money raised goes toward educational outreach that increases breast cancer awareness, free patient support programs and research that leads to improved diagnosis and treatment.

If you want to learn more about breast cancer or make a donation to the American Cancer Society, please contact:
American Cancer Society
Southeast Michigan Office
20450 Civic Center Drive
Southfield, MI 48076
(248) 663-3401