Susan G. Komen Community Grants in Action

Guest post by Tauane Araujo Cruz – Susan G. Komen for the Cure Program Manager, Latin America

Companies all over the world are actively encouraging female and male employees alike to take action for their health. In Latin America, Susan G. Komen has been privileged to deliver educational sessions detailing key breast self-awareness messages to more than 1,250 employees of companies such as American Airlines, Bank of America, Caterpillar, Cable and Wireless, Hologic, Maersk and more.

L to R: Cristina Cidre, HR Manager and Renato Urvaneja, Director of Finance for Owens Corning

With the knowledge that breast cancer can affect anyone, anywhere, creating opportunities in the workplace that foster increased understanding of breast health is crucial to increasing prevention efforts in the industrial sector. That’s why, with support from Komen’s International Community Grants, community-based organizations are driving home this concept of workplace awareness and creating opportunities to empower those around them and further the mutual vision of a world without breast cancer.

Project “Empresa Amiga da Mulher”, in other words, “Women Friendly Company”, is a notable example of Komen community grants in action. The project, developed by Rede Rioclarense de Combate ao Câncer de Mama Carmem Prudente focuses on creating breast cancer awareness in companies throughout the city of Rio Claro in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Owens Corning, the world’s leading producer of glass fiber materials used in composites, was the first company in Rio Claro to join the project realized in collaboration with CIESP (Center for Industry in Sao Paulo) and with funding provided by Komen this past May 2012.

Lectures presented by Fernanda Piazentini allowed 60 women employees, contractors and family members to clarify doubts, ask questions and obtain guidance on breast health issues. To emphasize their commitment, Renato Urvaneja, Director of Finance for Owens Corning, highlighted the importance of this partnership and noted that the health of employees is of vital importance for future projects.

In communities like Rio Claro and through partners such as Rede Rioclarense, Komen is promoting education, facilitating screening and building the capacity of the global community working to end breast cancer forever. To date, Komen has invested more than USD $27 million in funding for international breast cancer research and more than USD $17 million for international community education and outreach programs.

As Program Manager for Latin America, I am pleased with our advances, implementation and mobilization efforts. Even so, as I celebrate each accomplishment, I am thrilled about what the future holds!

About Rede Rioclarense de Combate ao Câncer de Mama – The Rioclarense Network Against Breast Cancer, which is also known as the Network of Women Against Cancer is a nonprofit charity and volunteer organization whose goal is to create awareness in the medical care, hospital and pharmaceutical industries and provide support to those undergoing cancer treatment.
About CIESP – The Center for Industry in Sao Paulo is a nonprofit civil organization founded in 1928 that brings together industry, its founders and linked associations in the production sector, as well as companies focused on activities directly related to the interests of industry.

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Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure®, we have invested more than $1.9 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.