Several DynCorp International Team Members working in the Patrick Support Division (PSD) at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. joined an estimated 8,000 supporters in the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.
DI team members from the PSD program have participated in the 5K walk, which raises awareness for the fight against breast cancer, for five years in a row. Those who participated also raised more than $5,000 for the cause and earned a Silver Team ranking.
This year’s participating team also sold t-shirts representing the American Cancer Society-Florida’s theme, “Put on Your Pink Bra,” and a portion of t-shirt sales were also donated to ACS. DI team members walked for friends, family members and survivors who have battled breast cancer.
The actions demonstrated by DI team members at PSD, which fall under DynCorp International’s Air Operations business area team, work to embrace DI’s core values, “We Serve, We Care, We Empower, We Perform and We Do the Right Thing.”
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Since 1993, nearly five million walkers across the country have raised more than $340 million through Making Strides events to help funding groundbreaking discoveries into cancer’s causes and cures.
American Cancer Society donations to this cause have helped fund major breast cancer research breakthroughs, including:
- Research into breast-conserving surgery
- Establishing mammography as the gold standard to detect breast cancer early
- Discovering lifesaving treatments (such as Herceptin) to improve breast cancer survival and drugs (such as Tamoxifen) to reduce the risk of breast cancer relapse
- Discovering genes for inherited breast cancer
- Knowledge that genetics, diet, lack of exercise, and alcohol abuse can increase a person’s cancer risk
- Discovering cancer-causing oncogenes and tumor-suppressor genes
“Put on Your Pink Bra” Campaign
In 2011, the American Cancer Society launched the “Put On Your Pink Bra” campaign, empowering women across Florida to wear pink bras in support of the fight against breast cancer and as a personal symbol of their breast cancer journey. During Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events, a sea of participants in pink bras will join together to take up arms against the disease.
Participants form teams of friends, family, neighbors and co-workers and work together to set goals and fundraise before each event. The day of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, teams unite together at the starting line and complete the non-competitive walk, showing their support for the American Cancer Society’s mission of saving lives and creating more birthdays.