Farm Bureau Insurance of Tennessee raised more than $350,000 to fight breast cancer this fall, and the company's DeKalb County office played an important role in reaching that total.
The centerpiece of Farm Bureau Insurance's effort was the sale of special edition pink Farmer Charlie hats. More than 52,000 were sold statewide and 250 were sold by the DeKalb County office.
"We were very happy to see the number of people who responded to our pink hat campaign," said Agency Manager Bart Lay. "The people of DeKalb County showed the true heart of our community. Nearly everyone has a breast cancer story to tell, and we were proud to step forward and do our part," he said.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the American Cancer Society's signature event to raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer. The event unites the entire community to honor breast cancer survivors, educate people about how to reduce their breast cancer risk or find the disease early and raise funds to end breast cancer.
Farm Bureau Insurance of Tennessee participated as a statewide sponsor this year. "The American Cancer Society was thrilled to have Farm Bureau Insurance involved and is humbled by the tremendous outpouring of support received across the state from all Farm Bureau offices and agents, " said Mary Ann Upchurch, state vice president for the American Cancer Society in Tennessee. "All the Farm Bureau agents in Tennessee were involved in some form, whether it was selling pink hats, helping to promote their local walks or holding their own local fundraisers. They all rallied together to help end this disease. Even Farmer Charlie got involved to help. The American Cancer Society could not be more appreciative and thankful for what they have done for in Tennessee and for women everywhere who are battling this disease.
The funds raised by Farm Bureau Insurance will be used to provide free resources and support to the one in two women newly diagnosed with breast cancer who will turn to the American Cancer Society for help and support. Dollars raised will also fund groundbreaking research to find, prevent, treat, and cure breast cancer, as well as help the Society ensure access to mammograms for women who need them.
"It has been gratifying to see the people of Farm Bureau Insurance rally their neighbors and friends to a worthy charitable cause such as Making Strides Against Breast Cancer," said Farm Bureau Insurance CEO Sonny Scoggins. "This terrible disease is so widespread and affects so many people. It was an easy decision to place our corporate emphasis on this project," said Scoggins.