DEARBORN, Mich. – Many shades of pink filled the World Headquarters lobby last week as employees sporting Warriors in Pink apparel rallied in advance of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event which took place Saturday, June 7, in Detroit. Ford’s support of the Susan G. Komen organization is now in its twentieth year and in that time the company has dedicated more than $125 million to the cause.
Warriors in Pink, Ford’s campaign to increase breast cancer awareness and fundraising efforts, hosted the rally in which various speakers shared their stories of survivorship and co-survivorship including Chief Operating Officer, Mark Fields, CIO and Race for the Cure Executive Champion, Nick Smither, IT Senior Business Analyst, Linda Pond, and WDIV Local 4 reporter, Ashlee Baracy along with her mother, Janet Baracy.
Each shared their personal connection to the cause and appreciation to the company for the continued support.
Before introducing Mark Fields, Smither applauded Ford’s continued support and added, "As a Ford employee I am really proud of the effort the company puts into this cause. This is one of those moments as a Ford employee it makes you feel really good."
"I am also here to thank all of you for your support of Race for the Cure," said Fields. "You know we have one team, one plan, one Ford…but we’re also one family. And what families do is they help out and they give back. And I think that is what sets us apart as a company."
Talking about breast cancer is the primary theme of the Warriors in Pink campaign this year and Linda Pond, IT senior business analyst and two-year breast cancer survivor, explained that sharing is very important.
"When I was diagnosed, I went home and it was a shock. I told my two best friends and said to keep it quiet," Pond said. "The next day I came into work and created a huge mailing list and I told everyone I could think of. I continued to let everyone know about my journey, my struggles, my victories… I let them know. It was amazing the support that I got from everyone. I encourage everyone to talk openly about your journey. Be there for the people that are going through this. We appreciate it so much."
Maureen Meldrum, Chair, Susan G. Komen Detroit, closed out the presentation with her thanks to Ford. "I want you to feel so proud that you work for this company, so proud of what Ford has done and I want you to know it really matters – see you at the race!"
Ford employees in attendance shared that they felt a great sense of pride regarding the effort the company has put into the breast cancer cause.
Karen Davie, dispatcher and hourly UAW worker, has worked for Ford for 38 years and was happy to attend the rally. "It shows that the company realizes they have a great resource in their female employees and it wants to support them. It’s part of the family feeling you get working here."
"It’s awesome. Myself, my friends and several co-workers have been involved in supporting the cause for more than ten years," said Angie Huspen, Rotunda Diagnostics Specialist. "Each year the number of people involved grows and I love that 100 percent of Warriors in Pink merchandise sales proceeds go to support the cause. And events like this one today are very uplifting."
Nancy Natter, Tax Office administrative assistant, added she thought Ford set a great example for other large companies by supporting the Susan G. Komen foundation and the breast cancer cause so generously over time.
For more information on how you can get involved with the Warriors in Pink, visit fordcares.com .