October 14, 2021

Going Pink to Build Hope for a Cure

Work Life

During the month of October, EquipmentShare locations nationwide have been observing Breast Cancer Awareness Month while fundraising for a cause. Using the theme “Building Hope for a Cure,” EquipmentShare team members have rallied together to find a cure for this disease.

Corporate Penny Wars 

At the EquipmentShare corporate offices in Columbia, Mo., departments are competing in a Penny War from October 6-27.  In order to raise money and find a home for loose change, each department has been challenged to bring in their coins. Silver coins are worth positive points equal to their monetary value (a nickel is worth five points, dimes are worth 10, and quarters are worth 25 points) while pennies or dollars are worth negative points. The team or department that raises the greatest amount of money by Wednesday, October 27 will win a team prize and the money will be donated to support the National Breast Cancer Foundation and the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center at the University of Missouri.

Breast Cancer Battle Booth

EquipmentShare HQ also hosted a “Breast Cancer Battle Booth.” On Friday, October 15, team members entered the booth to record shoutouts to friends and family battling this disease or to survivors. These snippets will be put together as a montage at a later date.

Wear Pink Day

Also on October 15, EquipmentShare team members across the nation were challenged to wear pink and donate to our GoFundMe breast cancer fundraiser page. The National Breast Cancer Foundation, which provides free mammograms and diagnostic breast care services to underserved women nationwide, will receive the proceeds. EquipmentShare will match the amount of money raised companywide.

Breast Cancer Facts from breastcancer.org :

  • About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 13%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime
  • About 2,650 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men in 2021
  • A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 833
  • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women
  • A woman’s risk of breast cancer nearly doubles if she has a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer
  • Less than 15% of women who get breast cancer have a family member diagnosed with it
  • About 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer

For more information visit www.breastcancer.org 

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