Arbella Donates More Than $20,000 to Dana-Farber’s Breast Cancer Awareness Program, Sponsors Two Days of Outreach for Dana-Farber’s Mobile Mammography Van
Funds raised by Arbella employees and Arbella Insurance Foundation at annual “Pink Day” event help bring breast cancer screening and education to underserved women
QUINCY, Mass., May 22, 2012 –The Arbella Insurance Foundation (“Arbella”) today announced it has raised $20,600 to sponsor two days of outreach for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Mammography Van, a mobile program that provides screening mammograms and breast health education to eligible women in Massachusetts. The funds were raised by Arbella employees and the Arbella Insurance Foundation at the company’s annual “Pink Day,” a fundraising event designed to raise breast cancer awareness. The annual event was started in 2009 by Dot Olson, an Arbella employee and breast cancer survivor.
Dana-Farber's Mammography Van provides mammograms and breast health education to medically-eligible women, aged 40 years and older, regardless of their ability to pay for such services. The Mammography Van, the only mobile mammography program in Massachusetts, partners with community-based organizations and neighborhood health centers in its mission to decrease breast cancer morbidity and mortality among medically-underserved women and increase survival rates for those diagnosed with breast cancer.
Arbella employees raised $10,300 in support of breast cancer awareness and research at the company’s most recent “Pink Day” event, held in October 2011. This money was matched by the Arbella Insurance Foundation for a total of $20,600. The funds will allow the Dana-Farber Mammography Van to schedule two days of screenings in the community: One on May 22 at the Brockton Neighborhood Health Center in Brockton, Mass., and one on May 30 at the Manet Community Health Center in Quincy, Mass.
Arbella’s annual “Pink Day” event was started by Dot Olson after she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent treatment at Dana-Farber. Dot created “Pink Day” with the goal of driving support for breast cancer awareness and research.
“If one person goes to have a mammogram that wouldn’t otherwise have gone, I will have achieved my goal,” Dot said. “I started ‘Pink Day’ to support those struggling with what I went through, to raise awareness about breast cancer and encourage women to be their own advocates and take charge of their health. Thanks to the incredible support from everyone at Arbella, ‘Pink Day’ has helped me reach these goals and so much more, encouraging women to get tested and instilling hope in those that have been diagnosed.”
At this year’s “Pink Day,” many employees, including Olson, showed up to work wearing pink from head to toe; some even sported pink streaks in their hair. Arbella employees demonstrated their support for the cause by donating money to dress casual, contributing to departmental gift baskets and participating in the donated basket raffle. All of the money raised went directly to Dana-Farber.
"Dana-Farber’s Mammography Van has become a vital resource within our community, making it possible for thousands of local women to receive breast health education and cancer screenings,” said Anne Levine, Vice President of External Affairs at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. “Thanks to Arbella’s support, the Van can continue to expand its outreach and bring these critical services directly to the growing number of individuals throughout the community who need our help."
“Almost everyone has been touched by breast cancer in some way, whether they’ve had it themselves or have seen a family member, friend or co-worker struggle with the debilitating disease,” said John Donohue, chairman, president and CEO of the Arbella Insurance Group and chairman and president of Arbella’s Foundation. “Arbella is committed to driving awareness of breast cancer education and prevention by donating to and supporting leading cancer organizations such as Dana-Farber. I am so proud of the efforts put forth by Arbella employees to uphold this commitment and help those struggling with this disease.”
About Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (www.dana-farber.org) is a principal teaching affiliate of the Harvard Medical School and is among the leading cancer research and care centers in the United States. It is a founding member of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC), designated a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute. It provides adult cancer care with Brigham and Women’s Hospital as Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center and it provides pediatric care with Children’s Hospital Boston as Dana-Farber/Children’s Hospital Cancer Center. Dana-Farber is the top ranked cancer center in New England, according to U.S. News & World Report, and one of the largest recipients among independent hospitals of National Cancer Institute and National Institutes of Health grant funding. Follow Dana-Farber on Twitter: @danafarber and Facebook: www.facebook.com/danafarbercancerinstitute >
About the Arbella Insurance Group and the Arbella Insurance Foundation
Established in 1988, the Arbella Insurance Group (www.arbella.com) is a company with more than $600M in revenue with approximately $1B in assets, headquartered in Quincy, Massachusetts. Arbella is a customer-focused regional property and casualty insurance company, providing personal and business insurance in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and business insurance in Rhode Island and New Hampshire. Arbella Insurance Group founded the Arbella Insurance Foundation in 2004. The mission of Arbella’s Foundation is to engage in activities and to support not-for-profit organizations that have a significant positive impact on the people and communities served by Arbella.
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