By Brian Russell
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the United States, and a number of Monsanto sites are taking part.
The Constantine, Mich. seed production site held a Pink Out Day on Oct. 1 to raise money for local breast cancer charities. Pink t-shirts were sold at the site and in the community, with funds raised going to the West Michigan Cancer Center, the local Susan G. Komen for the Cure affiliate, and the Sisterhood of Survivors of breast cancer.
“Our site donated the shirts, so we’re able to sell them for only $5 and 100 percent of the money goes back into the community,” said Kimberly Donaldson, seed quality supervisor at the site. “We sold almost 1,000 shirts already before the event.”
In Marshall, Mo., a team is helping a local hospital with Pink Week, a breast cancer awareness week, by passing out t shirts, collecting donations and helping with the rodeo, fun run and high school football game.
“This is a good way for us to get involved with a good cause in our community,” said Susan Pointer, administrative assistant, who is leading the effort in Marshall. “We have about 15 people from our site taking part in the different events going on. And it’s all fun events, so we enjoy being a part.”
In total, more than 400 volunteer hours have been logged to help fight breast cancer by Monsanto employees since 2010 at sites ranging from St. Louis to Toronto to Sycamore, Ill.
“It is inspiring to see the efforts that Monsanto employees are putting toward this cause,” said Brenda Cockrell, volunteer program manager. “This is the type of effort that should really make all of us proud to be employees of a company whose employees work to make this kind of positive impact in their communities.”