Digital Risk is a place that invests in employees and positively impacts the community around her. Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” This quote personifies the ideals and the employees of Digital Risk. During the month of October, D-Riskers across the company came together to promote Breast Cancer Awareness.
As a company wide effort, October 16 became affectionately termed “Pink Day & Survivor Celebrations,” a day specifically designated to celebrate Breast Cancer Survivors.
“As a survivor, I am thankful to be employed by a company who has done so much to fight breast cancer and promote awareness for the disease,” said Verification Analyst and two-year survivor Debi Driscoll. “Fighting breast cancer was not easy, but I learned I had more strength than I knew and kicked its butt.” On October 18, leadership designated a company wide Jeans for a Cause Day to raise funds for American Cancer Society. Work day comfort: $2.00; working toward a cure: priceless.
As icing on the cake, the Data Capture team hosted a delicious bake sale with the purpose of benefiting Breast Cancer Awareness. Melissa Cofield, a Verification Analyst spoke about the impact that the event had on her. “To be part of an event that helps raise money for the fight against breast cancer is gratifying. It touched my heart to walk alongside women who are survivors and the names on t-shirts of those women who have passed on.” Because breast cancer is both a personal and collective fight, each location hosted individual efforts to support the collective cause.
In the Mile High City, D-Riskers participated in the Avon Foundation for Women Breast Cancer Walk, as well as celebrated breast cancer survivors through photographs, and multiple fundraising efforts by using Jeans for a Cause.
Jacksonville enjoyed fundraising efforts through week long Jeans for a Cause, as well as participating in Jacksonville’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. Jacksonville Compliance Analyst and 18-year breast cancer survivor Sandy McAdams considers her diagnosis as a blessing.
“A few years after my diagnosis, both my parents were diagnosed with other forms of cancer. What I learned from my journey helped me help them. Now my doctors refer women who’ve recently been diagnosed with breast cancer to me for support. Sometimes, they just need a safe place to talk of their fears, and once that passes, to FIGHT and do it with grace and a sense of humor. When you are bald and sick, your humor is one of few things left to hold you up. Never give up. Never stop the fight.”
In Boca, D-Riskers teamed up with Jimmy Johns to Save Birthdays, a partnership that offered D Riskers 10% off their purchases with the proceeds going toward the effort. In addition to sandwiches and ice cream socials, Boca also hosted a birthday fund. The concept of saving birthdays is part of what the campaign against cancer is all about. By fighting the disease, you help to save a life, and therefore save a birthday. Boca D-Riskers also participated in the South Florida Making Strides event.
The Maitland team focused their efforts on Breast Cancer Awareness Lunch ‘n’ Learns, bake sales and Jeans for a Cause fundraisers. Team members also participated in the Orlando Making Strides Walk and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Verification Analyst Jessica Campbell said that the Making Strides event “…was crazy. Everyone was super pumped and wanted to be there. There was a sea of pink people.”
In the end, Margaret Mead once said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Till next year, D-Riskers continue to Join the Movement to have more birthdays, and don’t forget Save the Ta Tas.