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Showing solidarity

Employees promote breast cancer awareness

Carol Stream, IL, Processing and Distribution Center workers wear pink at a recent Breast Cancer Awareness Month event.

More than four years after Lynn Harmon’s death from breast cancer, the passport acceptance clerk is still remembered fondly by her colleagues at the Greenville, SC, Main Post Office.

“Lynn was an exceptional employee,” said Postmaster Stephanie Banks. “It was indeed a pleasure to have known her.”

Banks spoke this month at a special event at the Post Office, where attendees included Harmon’s mother, Mary Belle Stephens Finley, and daughter, Amanda.

The event was one of several that Postal Service facilities across the nation held in October to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

In addition to honoring colleagues like Harmon, the activities helped showcase the Breast Cancer Research semipostal stamp, which has raised more than $89 million for breast cancer research since its release in 1998.

Postal workers also used the month to promote Combined Federal Campaign charitable groups that work on breast cancer issues.

In many communities, employees donned special USPS-approved T-shirts, too.

“We’re doing this to show solidarity for such a worthy cause,” said Delora Hawkins, an operations support specialist at the Carol Stream, IL, Processing and Distribution Center, where several employees wore the shirts.

“Anything we can do to highlight the importance of early detection is valuable.”

Nohemi Bailey, a secretary who attended the Greenville event, said the Postal Service’s efforts help preserve the legacy of those who’ve died from the disease, including her friend and co-worker, Harmon.

“Lynn taught all of us how to be strong,” Bailey said. “I hope we are making [her] super proud.”

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