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Employees rally for breast cancer research

Employees at the Chicago Heights, IL, Post Office display Breast Cancer Research stamps.
Employees at the Chicago Heights, IL, Post Office display Breast Cancer Research stamps. From left are Letter Carrier Batina Fuller, retail associates Katie Rossi and Curtis Glass, and Postmaster Thersa Thurmond.

Postal Service employees across the nation joined forces in October to raise awareness of breast cancer.

Their efforts included promoting the Breast Cancer Research stamp, participating in Wear Pink Day Oct. 20, decorating retail lobbies and honoring co-workers affected by the disease.

“When you look at the data, at some point we will all likely know someone who is affected by breast cancer,” said James Tate, Louisiana District’s manager of Post Office operations, who encouraged employees to participate in a pink photo challenge.

Involving customers in the Postal Service’s efforts was a priority for Lanesborough, MA, Postmaster Bob Maloy, who has lost two co-workers to cancer.

“Decorating the lobby helps grab the attention of customers. They want to be a part of a great cause,” said Maloy, who involved local radio stations in his office’s promotions.

Participating in this month’s activities meant a lot to Shelley Knapp, a Fair Grove, MO, rural carrier associate who has been breast cancer free for one month.

“There were many times when everyone had to take on extra work because I had chemo appointments or was just too sick to work,” Knapp said. “Everyone from the Postmaster to carriers and clerks was here to support me.”

Another employee, Oswego, IL, Postmaster Jackie Gulledge, has been breast cancer free for more than two years.

“I’m proud to fight this fight and promote this cause and help our organization grow while promoting awareness,” she said.

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