Pouring rain didn’t stop the outpouring of support from Piedmont Hospital employees at the 2012 Komen Walk for the Cure on May 12 at Atlantic Station. The walk raised money for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation, which strives to enable women to detect and survive breast cancer.
“Even on a rainy day in Atlanta, I saw a great determination and a desire to come together as a community to raise funding for underprivileged and underinsured women so that they receive appropriate breast health care when needed,” said team organizer Sarah Pawli, an Executive Director with the Epic Team and a breast cancer survivor.
The team raised $8,614.99 from 144 participants, the largest amount that the hospital has ever donated to the cause. Their effort outpaced all other Atlanta-area hospitals, and put Piedmont Healthcare in fifth place in the corporate group.
“A lot of the reason why we have success is because someone is dealing with breast cancer or has a family member who has breast cancer,” Pawli said. And Piedmont’s participation is no different. Employees turned out in droves to support a colleague whose mother is fighting late-stage breast cancer.
“That support was incredible to see,” Pawli said, and Pawli said it’s sorely needed. According to the Komen foundation, both metro-Atlanta service and Georgia have higher percent averages of late stage breast cancer diagnoses, when compared to the United States. Last year, Komen Atlanta and its grantees provided services for 151,759 people – including 9,000 mammograms and clinical breast exams. And the foundation funded $216,007 worth of screening and diagnostics at Piedmont facilities.
Next year, they hope to help more men and women access the breast health services they need. But Pawli has other plans: “My goal is that we don’t need to have the Komen Walk anymore, because we find a cure for breast cancer.”