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 Ford Shanghai Office Transformed into Sea of Pink for First Warriors in Pink Event in China

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SHANGHAI, China — For Amy Huang, a legal associate with Ford China, the company’s long-running breast cancer charity Warriors in Pink resonates deeply.
 
“My heart is extremely close to the first Pink Day in Ford’s Shanghai office. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in April. For the last six months, she went through surgery and four sessions of chemotherapy,” said Huang. “For my mother and for the whole family, it has been a painful physical and mental experience.”
 
Employees in Ford’s Shanghai office, headquarters of Ford Asia Pacific & Africa and Ford China were asked to dress in pink on October 26 to support Ford’s Warriors in Pink campaign, a breast cancer charity introduced in 2006 by the company that is dedicated to offering a wide range of support to find a cure for breast cancer, raise awareness, and provide support and encouragement to cancer sufferers.
 
All the employees received a pink ribbon from reception and were asked to shape it into a bracelet and put it around the wrist. Around the office, Blue Oval was covered in pink – male and female dressed in pink shirts, pink cardigans, pink dresses, pink scarfs and even pink glasses.
 
“I was very excited about the pink day idea. It was good fun to see colleagues all in pink and have a theme color dress code for work!” said Doris Xu, HR coordinator, Ford China.
For Amy Huang, the pink day was more than a fun thing.

When we look back, we are extremely grateful that my mother was lucky enough to have the breast examination in a health check so we could catch the symptoms at an early stage. So awareness of the disease and its early symptoms is so important,” Huang added.

Breast cancer has become one of the most common diseases among women in China and is rising rapidly. On pink day, Ford invited an international registered nurse Lara Olson to come to the Ford office and conduct a one-hour learning session on breast cancer awareness and methods of self-examination. Around 30 employees attended.
“The initial motive to come here was for my wife, but actually during the learning session, I realised that although male breast cancer is rare, it can also occur in men. It’s good to have a better understanding of this disease for ourselves and for those who we love and care for,” said Zhu Qing, senior financial analyst, Ford APA, who was one of two men at the session.

The session is truly helpful and as a breast-feeding mother myself, I’m glad to know that actually breast feeding is one of the things which can lower the risk of getting breast cancer, so it’s not just good for my baby, but also benefits me,” said Carolyn Yang, communications specialist, Ford China.

Later in the afternoon, all employees who dressed in pink on the day were invited by Dave Schoch, chairman and CEO, Ford China, to take a group photo together, showing the commitment Ford always has to great corporate social responsibility programs such as Warriors in Pink.

“My mother completed her treatment in August and now returned to normal life, she’ll need to go and have check-up done every three months from now on,” said Huang. “Even though she lost one of her breasts and lots of hair due to the chemotherapy, she still looks so beautiful in my eyes. During this special journey, I’m extremely proud of my own brave Warrior of Pink and I’m glad that Ford cares for us, starting from promoting the breast cancer awareness, which may save many more lives.”
 
Amy Huang and her brave mother, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in April.
An international nurse Lara Olson came to teach employees how to do a breast self-examination.
   
Dave Schoch, chairman and CEO, Ford China with employees in pink.
Employees from Ford Credit participated in “Dress in Pink.

Credit participated in “Dress in Pink”.

 

  

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10/30/2012 3:20 AM