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Pink for prevention

Written by Nicholas Serrano. Posted in Community News

Published on October 26, 2011 with No Comments

Doing their part to help celebrate and support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, workers from EMCOR Hyre Electric and Shambaugh & Son L.P. donned pink hard hats. The ceremony, on Oct. 21, was at the site of the new Porter Health Systems hospital on U.S. 6. Roughly 190 pink hard hats were arranged in the shape of a ribbon, created to show support for family and friends who have been, or may one day be, affected by the disease.

Several speakers made statements during the ceremony, including Porter CEO Jonathan Nalli, guest speaker Dale Priest (Chesterton) and other representatives from EMCOR and Shambaugh & Son, L.P.

Afterwards, construction workers exchanged their red and green hard hats for the commemorative pink ones and formed a large, human pink ribbon. The formation of the human ribbon was part of a “Call to Action” for millions of people to “Protect Yourself. Get Screened Today.” Getting tested early and often is among the best methods for prevention of breast cancer, a point emphasized by Nalli.

“Porter Health System was honored to participate with EMCOR to build breast cancer awareness through its ‘Protect Yourself’ campaign. Together, our efforts to increase awareness of breast cancer screening through the Pink Hard Hat initiative were an innovative way to remind women to make an appointment for their annual mammogram,” said Nalli. “Porter Health System is leading the charge for testing, early detection and prevention of this terrible disease.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, aside from non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States. It is also one of the leading causes of cancer death among women of all races. It’s a fight millions of women have encountered, struggled with, and in some cases, died fighting. Creating awareness, moving people toward early detection and regular screening procedures are among the principles highlighted during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Complementing the push for early detection, a statement made by Priest, a medical gas foreman for Shambaugh & Son L.P., discussed how his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer following an annual mammogram. Thanks to an early diagnosis, said Priest, she is still alive. Saving the lives of loved ones and preventing this disease within the community was echoed by a statement from William Meyer, corporate vice president of Shambaugh & Son L.P.

“As a company that has built its reputation on being engaged in the concerns of our industry and community, it’s gratifying to demonstrate support for breast cancer screening and awareness, standing with our dedicated employees, clients and partners,” said Meyer.

EMCOR, a construction company based out of Connecticut, came up with the pink hard hat idea. It replicated the pink ribbon formation on Oct. 14 with more than 120 participants in Denver.

The company said such assemblies were staged by subsidiaries coast to coast, as well as its UK subsidiary in support of the Company’s “Protect Yourself” campaign.

“Challenging the ‘macho’ image of the construction industry, EMCOR employees proudly will come together and wear Pink Hard Hats, showing support for colleagues, friends, family, and clients who could be affected…who are affected…by one of the most common forms of cancer,” said Frank T. MacInnis, Chairman and CEO of EMCOR. “At EMCOR many of our employees wear hard hats on a daily basis for personal protection, and they proudly extend that commitment to wear a Pink Hard Hat during the month of October to raise awareness of the disease that affects so many lives”.

To kick-off EMCOR’s “Call to Action” for Breast Cancer Screening and Awareness, 200 of its Poole & Kent Corp. subsidiary employees in Baltimore were on site in Baltimore at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, widely regarded as one of the finest healthcare facilities in the U.S. and the world. The 200 Poole & Kent employees joined Lauri Yori, Poole & Kent’s Assistant Project Manager at The Johns Hopkins project, who is a proud breast cancer survivor, in attendance to tell her inspiring story.

The construction and facilities services employees of EMCOR Services New England Mechanical (NEMSI) in Vernon, Conn.  also wore Pink Hard Hats in a “call to action” of a different sort—-164 of its employees and clients wore Pink Hard Hats during that company’s annual golf tournament, “driving” the message of EMCOR’s “Protect Yourself” campaign to millions of women and men. Proceeds from the Bloomfield, Conn., tournament benefit the American Cancer Society. Among attendees at the event was Johan Lavery, Administrative Manager at NEMSI, who proudly tells her story as a breast cancer survivor.

EMCOR’s “Protect Yourself” campaign will also cross the ocean, with EMCOR UK employees at many sites around the UK wearing EMCOR’s Pink Hard Hats. The company launched an event at St. Pancras International, a major railway station in the UK, with hundreds of EMCOR UK workers forming themselves into the shape of the number of people affected by breast cancer – either knowingly or unknowingly – who walk through the station each day. EMCOR UK will donate money for the cause for each Pink Hard Hat worn by an EMCOR UK employee. Participating at that event will be Diane Whyte, a member of the EMCOR UK team who has survived breast cancer.

Additional EMCOR subsidiaries — -from Dynalectric Company (Oregon) in Portland, Ore., to EMCOR Services Team Mechanical in Elmhurst, Ill.  - wore Pink Hard Hats throughout the month.

EMCOR Group, Inc. also served as a flagship sponsor of the American Cancer Society’s 16th Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, in Westport, CT, Fairfield County’s single largest breast cancer walking event. This year EMCOR participants will be wearing EMCOR’s Pink Hard Hats while walking in the event, the 13th year that EMCOR has been involved.

There is even a pinkhardhat.com.

For more information about Porter Health System, call 219-263-4600 or visit www.porterhealth.com. For more information regarding EMCOR, or its Pink Hard Hat initiative, call 203-849-7810 or visit www.emcorgroup.com.

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