Tampa, FL – September 16, 2013 –
In April 2012,
after losing the same job she’d held for 32 years, Shirley Parsons, an
Accounting clerk, was excited to be joining a new company - RME. Five months after
her first day, Parsons, tucked into a quiet hallway at the company’s
headquarters in Tampa, FL
to take a call from her doctor to get the results of her Mammogram.
“'When can you come in to discuss your
results? You’re welcome to bring your family members.’ That’s what my doctor said
when I asked for my results. I knew it had to be bad,” said Shirley.
diagnosed with Invasive Ductile Carcinoma (IDC) - a cancer that had broken
through the wall of the milk duct and begun to invade the tissues of my breast.
Three words burned in my head - I had cancer,” she continued.
later, after getting a lumpectomy, and in the midst of chemotherapy and radiation
treatments, Shirley returned to work. As she approached her desk, what she saw
next brought her to tears.
the Accounting Department was wearing different colored bandannas. I’d lost all
my hair due to my chemotherapy and had been wearing my own bandanna. It was the
most heart-warming thing I’d ever experienced,” said Parsons.
Since her return, RME’s support of Shirley
Parson’s battle with cancer has continued to grow beyond the accounting dept.
From holding fund raising events like a bake sale and “pink bra decorating
contest” to RME sponsoring a team in “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” -
the American Cancer Society’s October 19th walk-a-thon. To date, the
“RME For The Community” Team is one of the leading corporate-sponsored teams having
raised more than $1,200, for the charity event.
“I’m proud of how everyone in the
company has rallied around Shirley and how they are giving their personal time
and money to help raise awareness about breast cancer,” said Jorge Villar, RME founder and President.
“It doesn't matter to me if you've been working at RME for 1 week or 18 years, we have been and always will be a
family and since the day I started this company I've always said, family comes
first,” Villar continued.
As part of RME’s
ongoing commitment to supporting charities in the greater Tampa Bay
area, RME created the Community Outreach Program and has allocated $1,000 each quarter
to support employee-sponsored non-profit events and volunteer activities.
If you would like to contribute to
RME’s, “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” team please visit this link
According to the American Cancer
Society, more than 180,000 women in the United States
find out they have invasive breast cancer each year. Most of them are diagnosed
with IDC. Over time, IDC can spread to the lymph nodes and possibly to other
areas of the body.
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