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Per Stirling Volunteers! – Breast Cancer Awareness 2021

In the United States, half of all women and a third of all men will likely be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime. As such, the odds are that we will all be affected in some way by this terrible disease, whether it’s a personal battle with cancer, or something that impacts a friend or family member.

Per Stirling’s Volunteer Initiative for September focused efforts on cancer awareness. September is the home of many cancer awareness initiatives, including ones for childhood cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer and leukemia & lymphoma.

Several members of the Per Stirling family have personally battled cancer, and most have beaten this insidious disease.  One such survivor, Heather McAshan, was diagnosed with Stage 1 Breast Cancer in January of 2016. After having surgery, she went through 6 rounds of chemotherapy and 36 rounds of radiation therapy and today she is cancer-free.

With this being so “close to home” for all of us, our team at Per Stirling is very passionate about this important cause. In 2019, Per Stirling employees and advisors joined together in the Susan G. Komen’s More Than Pink Walk to walk alongside other cancer survivors, to show support and to celebrate life.

In 2020, with covid-19 limiting in-person activities, we were not able to walk side-by-side, but still joined together and completed our walks virtually with other cancer survivors who shared stories, supported one another and raised money to help save lives.

This Year, there is an option to walk with others in person as well as virtually. The walk will be on October 24th and a handful of Per Stirling Advisors and employees will be participating in person as well as virtually. In the month of September, Per Stirling raised over $2,000 for our initiative.

Over $500 was donated in support to Komen’s work to save lives through breakthrough research, advocacy and support, including through Komen’s Breast Care Helpline, Clinical Trial Information Helpline, Treatment Assistance Program and other direct patient support services. Every donation to Susan G. Komen’s More Than Pink helps the organization get closer to their goal of reducing the number of breast cancer deaths by 50% by the year 2026.

Over $2,000 was donated to the Cancer Research Institute. These monetary donations directly impact the discovery and development of powerful immunotherapies for all types of cancers—funding more breakthroughs and saving more lives.

According to Heather, “Each day of my journey presented new challenges and I tried to face them with a smile on my face. The journey was not an easy one, and without the support and encouragement of my friends and families I do not know how I could have done it.”

We are inspired by Heather’s strength and attitude. She says, “Cancer is a club I do not want anyone to have to join. I share my story so others might learn from it.”

Our October Initiative:  In October, Per Stirling will continue our September initiative and participate in the Susan G. Komen’s More Than Pink Walk. We will also be focusing additional efforts towards the Hunter 5K, an annual fundraiser benefiting Dell Children’s Medical Center.

Group Photos were added from 2020’s More Than Pink Walk.