According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, which is why it’s important to educate people about genetic histories or risk factors, early detection, treatment options and more.
In October, the Fort Myers chapter of our Women at Gartner employee resource group (ERG) hosted several virtual events for members of the Gartner team.
“I am proud to promote the Women at Gartner events in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and thankful that Gartner offered this platform. Raising awareness for the importance of self-screening and early detection is one way we can make a difference in someone’s life,” shared Laura Medrado, Premium Client Manager.
Learn more about some of the group’s recent activities to help raise awareness of breast cancer, below.
With COVID-19 regulations restricting social gatherings and activities, Gartner associates were still encouraged to get out and get active. Associates tracked the individual miles they ran, walked, biked or swam in honor of those who are or have been diagnosed with breast cancer,
Spirit of Pink
Throughout the month, Gartner associates shared their photos to “get in the spirit of pink” to help continue the conversation around self-screening for breast cancer and the importance of early detection. Many participants wore pink attire during the workday and took photos during their team meetings.
The Fort Myers chapter of Women at Gartner hosted a Breast Cancer Awareness wellness webinar. Rita Burkley, Manager, Products and Services Recruiting and breast cancer survivor, shared her story and how her personal fight against breast cancer led her to stronger personal and professional life. Liz Bachoo-Garub, MSN, MHA, RN, OCN, CBCN at Lee Health Regional Cancer Center shared about the importance of screening through self-testing and how to support loved ones.
“My breast cancer journey was tough but I feel lucky to be a part of an organization and culture that supports its associates in many different ways. I never felt alone during my journey because of the wonderful people I work with and their abundance of support through it all,” said Rita.
As a people-driven organization, the health and wellbeing of our associates is our top priority at Gartner. We are proud to support our associates and loved ones during Breast Cancer Awareness Month and beyond.
Learn more about Women at Gartner and our other employee resource groups here.