Fayetteville Public Utilities’ employees joined in October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month by wearing the signature pink lapel pins, pink hard hats and special awareness campaign T-shirts.
“Breast cancer is a disease that affects our mothers, daughters, wives, sisters and friends,” says FPU’s CEO and General Manager Britt Dye. “Breast cancer is a topic that we sometimes avoid talking about because, like with many health-related issues, the statistics are a little scary. And this is a disease that not only affects women, it also affects men.”
An estimated 1 in 8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Approximately 40,000 deaths will result from breast cancer this year. And as Dye stated, it doesn’t just affect women – based on averages, about 2,300 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer each year.
“We all know of someone who has been affected by this disease,” he adds. “This is why I thought it would be good for FPU to join in the awareness campaign this year by wearing pink and showing our support.”
“It is important to get educated about the disease and get with your doctor for regular checkups,” advises Dye. “Early detection is key when it comes to cancer. Breast cancer awareness isn’t just about wearing pink – it’s about taking care of ourselves, our families and our community.”
IN THE PHOTOS:
FPU’s office employees wore special t-shirts on Fridays in October to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Members of FPU’s outside crews wore pink hard hats to show their support of the awareness campaign.