Sage Manufacturing recently participated in the Seattle Komen for the Cure event. In an effort to raise money and awareness as well as to celebrate the life of an employee who lost her battle with breast cancer, 81 employees and family members walked for a cure on June 5th.
After years of having a team in this event, Sage employees felt an especially strong desire to participate after long-time Sage employee, Judith Finley, passed away from the disease last year. Judith worked in the blanks department and her passing last September motivated more of her co-workers than ever to get involved in this year’s event. Custom t-shirts were made with her name below a pink ribbon to help commemorate her life.
“This year’s walk was in Judith’s memory and as a way to honor her life and the work she did for Sage,” says Patrice Stankavich, Director of Human Resources. “Supporting this cause is very important for the Sage team and we will continue our efforts in raising awareness and funds.”
Sage has a history of supporting efforts in the fight against breast cancer. Since 2001, varying numbers of Sage employees have participated in the Komen for the Cure race. Not only has this annual event brought Sage into the fight against this disease, in 2007, Sage produced the “Rod for Recovery” and donated $100 from every rod sold to Komen for the Cure. That added up to an impressive amount of $30,000. Fly-fishing is known to help women recover from surgery to remove lymph nodes under a patient’s arms, which is one more reason Sage feels such a strong importance to be involved. For the 2011 race, over $2700 was raised for Komen for the Cure with donations still coming in daily.