ALBANY, N.Y. -- With October being National Breast Cancer Awareness month Capital Communications Credit Union has shown its support for the cause by not only being a flagship sponsor of the "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" walk but by allowing its employees to volunteer for the Road to Recovery program through out the year.
The American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery program matches patients in need of a ride to and from their treatment with volunteers. Through its Capital Communications Cares Foundation, the credit union is one local business that allows staff to volunteer as drivers during the work day.
"My mom passed away about a year and a half ago from lung cancer while she was living in Florida and I wasn't there to drive her to and from her chemo treatments," said Terry Tufano, a Capital Communications employee that volunteers as a driver. "I volunteered for the Road to Recovery program because it makes me feel closer to my mom."
Connie Keating is one cancer patient who benefits from the Road to Recovery program. Keating was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year and traveled to Albany Medical Center for radiation therapy every day for six weeks. Keating said the volunteers that shared their personal stories were a great source of knowledge for her and made her journey easier.
"With our support of the American Cancer Society and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, we honor those who have fought breast cancer, those who still battle the disease and those who mourn the loss of someone they love," said Paul Stopera, Capital Communications president/CEO and chairperson of the foundation board.
Capital Communications and the foundation have donated more than $450,000 to the American Cancer Society over the years. For the past four years foundation volunteers have given plush animals to survivors at the breast cancer walk. This year, Moxie, the Koala Bear was given out at the walk.
"The keepsake collection is our way of honor these people whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. These stuffed animals are meant to be a symbol of our support during those incredibly personal, difficult times," said Stopera.