Penske associates across the organization will join today for Penske Pink Out – an associate-led breast cancer awareness event now in its ninth year.
Associates will wear pink T-shirts, polos, wristbands, socks and hats, and host fundraisers and breast cancer awareness activities during this year's event.
Maggie Seaman, National Account Manager - Northeast Region, whose mother passed away in 2017 from breast cancer, created Penske Pink Out to promote breast cancer education and to provide support to those battling the disease.
“Every year I’m blown away by our associates, their commitment to our communities and the health and wellness of our teammates,” Seaman said. “Penske Pink Out gives our teams an opportunity to take a step back and reflect on our appreciation for each other and our gratitude for life. A huge thank you to all of our associates for raising awareness around early detection.”
Penske Pink Out coincides with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which seeks to bring attention to breast cancer and raise funds dedicated to finding a cure.
Breast Cancer by the Numbers
On average, every two minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, and one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF).
Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers, according to the NBCF. In 2023, an estimated 297,790 women and 2,800 men will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer.
The NBCF encourages early detection through self-exams and scheduling clinical exams and mammograms. In addition, the foundation promotes adopting a healthy lifestyle complete with a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight and regular exercise.
Gaining Ground on Breast Cancer
In the weeks leading up to Penske Pink Out, associates held fundraisers, shared breast cancer information, and rallied around those who shared their connection to breast cancer.
Community service is an important part of the Penske Pink Out movement.
The Vehicle Remarketing team donated 400 pink cupcakes to Reading Hospital in Pennsylvania, which distributed the sweet treat to cancer patients coming for treatment.
More than 300 associates in 21 states are participating in 37 American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks, which raises awareness and funds dedicated to research, 24/7 support for cancer patients and access to lifesaving screenings.
“Raising breast cancer awareness and sharing the critical message of getting screened will help save lives. Screening is safe and effective and should be a regular part of our lives,” said Stephanie McDonald, director of corporate relations for the American Cancer Society.
“It’s incredibly inspiring each year to witness Penske’s associate engagement as you activate and support one another, participate at your local Making Strides Against Breast Cancer community event or your involvement in your annual Penske Pink Out Day,” she said.
By Bernie Mixon