October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month; it’s a cause near and dear to the heart of our company. Read on to learn more about the efforts Macy’s and our Associates are putting forth to fight breast cancer, and the story of how one special necklace is making a difference in the search for a cure.
Every year, more than a thousand Macy’s Associates participate in hundreds of events supporting breast cancer awareness research. Just midway through October of this year, more than 700 Associates have already made strides against breast cancer through American Cancer Society Walks and Race for the Cure, with more events on the horizon.
“Breast cancer touches so many people in our community at different levels. Macy’s support in fighting this disease is a perfect reflection of how Macy’s gives back to the community,” said Doug Mckay, operations manager for Macy’s Brea (Southern California), who has been with the company for more than 31 years. As chair of Race for the Cure for Orange County, he recently led a team of more than 100 Associates in the walk this year. “At Race for the Cure, Macy’s Associates came together as a family. Everyone is there for a different reason, but we walk united and leave knowing we’ve made a difference – that makes me proud,” he said.
Jill Pan, VPSM/Macy’s Sherman Oaks (Los Angeles), and her sister, Brandi Galimi, district merchant for Cosmetics, are very close. So when Galimi was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, Pan was devastated.
“She was just 44 and there was no history of breast cancer in our family,” said Pan. “We also had a friend going through her second round of breast cancer treatment, so it was a very difficult period to go through.”
After supporting her sister through surgery and months of recovery, Pan was thrilled when Galimi returned to work in June 2016. Unbeknownst to them, their friend, Tracie Manick, VPSM/Macy’s Manhattan Beach (CA), also had been diagnosed with breast cancer.
“To commemorate this journey that we traveled together, Brandi and I decided to get breast cancer awareness tattoos – but we couldn’t agree on the same design,” said Pan. “Working with the tattoo artist, I came up with the design of a heart on one side that connects with the pink breast cancer ribbon logo.”
Pan sent a photo of the tattoo to Manick. “Their tattoo design inspired me to create a pendant to remember those who went out of their way to get me through the process,” said Manick. “I eventually gave many as gifts of appreciation to those close friends and family members who are so generous when you are going through treatment. To be a survivor, it takes physical and emotional support from friends and family.”
Thanks to help from Patti Whisler, GVP/National Jewelry Director, copies of the necklace will be sold for $99 – and, in honor of all supporters, Macy’s will donate $10 from the purchase of each necklace through Dec. 1, 2017 to Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).
Macy’s is supporting research, education and awareness through its Pink Shop, a curated collection of products from some of our most popular brands. In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Macy’s has made an initial donation of $100,000 to BCRF. A portion of each purchase of Pink Shop items will help a number of breast cancer-related organizations continue their promising work toward finding a cure.
You can check out some highlights from the Pink Shop website in the photo gallery below. Don’t forget to check out Thalía Sodi’s tees with messages that highlight the power of pink (Macy’s will donate 10 percent of the proceeds to BCRF through Oct. 31), and Charter Club’s pretty-in-pink robe and nightgown (Macy’s will donate 10 percent of the proceeds to BCRF through Dec. 31).
For more than 20 years, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s have supported breast cancer research through various philanthropy, merchandise and volunteerism initiatives. Learn more about our company’s commitment to this important cause in the 2017 Macy’s, Inc. Report on Social Responsibility, just released this week.