Guest blog post from Susan Brown, Director of Education for Susan G. Komen for the Cure®
I was in Minneapolis at General Mills earlier this month to talk about breast cancer. General Mills responded to our challenge asking large employers to take action to communicate to their employees the value they place on breast cancer education and screening during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Dr. Julia Halberg, VP Global Health Services and Chief Medical Officer and Kris Haugen of the Global Health team had invited interested employees to learn about breast cancer and what they could do to take charge of their breast health.
A great group of women gathered. They asked questions. They shared experiences. Several breast cancer survivors were there and shared their stories, giving living testimonials about the benefit of screening and early detection! Members of an ongoing cancer support group held right there on the General Mills campus were in the group. They offered words of encouragement, warmly invited other women to join their group, exchanged email addresses, and stayed after to chat as sometimes women do…
Many thanks to General Mills for ACTING – to support this educational opportunity, for ensuring that the women and their families at General Mills are empowered to take control of their health by accessing preventive health services – and by encouraging ongoing cancer peer support groups! We’re grateful for all of our partners who support employee health programs like these. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’ve asked major companies to provide programs that inform and support employees facing breast cancer.
More than a dozen companies representing more than 400,000 employees committed to doing so, including:
- ACH Food Companies
- American Airlines
- Key Bank
- MulvannyG2 Architecture
- New Balance
- Seattle’s Convention and Visitors Bureau
- State Farm
- Texas Instruments
- Virginia Mason Medical Center
- Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association
I was just delighted to visit General Mills’ campus and see this kind of support in action. AND, I got to tour the BETTY CROCKER KITCHEN!!! A bonus for me!
About the author
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.