Breast Cancer Awareness
Although we’re almost at the end of the month, we want to remind everyone that we’re still supporting October’s charitable initiative – Breast Cancer Awareness – and wanted to share news of a special event. On Friday, October 27th, we’re encouraging all Associates to take part in Wear Pink Day to help support Breast Cancer Awareness. We hope you’ll take a photo with your team or department of everyone wearing pink and showing their support. The prize for the most creative photo is a donation in your group’s name to a breast cancer nonprofit of your choice (the organization must comply with CCF grant bylaws; contact us for more details).
Every October, the CCF Board ‘s goal is to match $10,000 in donations to breast cancer organizations and support Associates who take part in Breast Cancer Awareness fundraisers like the Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk event − or other Breast Cancer Awareness charity events around the country. One of our Associates – Emilia Castillo, SVP, Treasurer, of Carrington Mortgage Holdings – has walked the Susan G. Komen 3-Day every year for the past six years.
“I have experienced the tremendous impact breast cancer has on the women who fight it and the loved ones who support them,” says Emilia. “I began my journey six years ago. Supporting research for a breast cancer cure is part of my personal mission, and Carrington Charitable Foundation has been a big part of that.”
Emilia, her mother and her sister have all been personally affected by breast cancer, and also have seen close friends affected by the disease. Emilia says she walks every year to support research and raise awareness. “It’s all about early detection,” she says. “This is a disease that catches you unaware and, without the right resources, leaves you feeling frightened and alone.” Emilia adds that awareness, early detection and donations also assist those who may not otherwise have support in their own journey with the disease.
But Emilia also walks to make sure everyone knows of the dangers of breast cancer, and how quickly it can catch you unaware. “Every woman needs to know the facts,” she says. “When it comes to breast cancer, every woman is at risk.”
So she walks, and encourages others to do the same. In honor of those who have lost their lives battling breast cancer, and in honor of the survivors and caregivers who are also heroes for lending their endless support, Emilia says she’ll be walking three days and 60 miles in San Diego. She has a message for anyone who is fighting, or knows someone who is fighting, this terrible disease: “It’s been a long journey, and being involved has taught me that we are all survivors in one way or another. We should never give up hope.”
Emilia says she appreciates having the support of CCF to encourage others to get involved with the community and to build awareness about breast cancer. We hope you’ll all participate in breast cancer events in your community through the end of October – and please share your stories! Together, we can bring awareness, hope and support research dedicated to ending this terrible disease.