Spurred by the suffering they witnessed among the membership, the staff at the $49 million Charlotte Fire Department Credit Union has been committed to raising funds to fight breast cancer for seven years. Over that time, the credit union has raised tens of thousands of dollars for non-profits such as Susan G. Komen, the American Cancer Society and Carolina Breast Friends.
That commitment hit even closer to home in 2010 and 2011, as breast cancer struck two employees of the 2,900-member credit union, as well as the mother of a third. "We knew the odds," said CFDCU President/CEO Deborah Trotter, "that one or more of us would be faced with this disease someday. But someday came soon."
In 2011 the credit union donated more than $11,000 to Susan G. Komen, and was the second-largest fund raising team for the Race for the Cure-Charlotte Chapter. One year later, CFDCU raised more than $7,000 and was the fifth largest fundraising team for the event. This year CFDCU was recognized as a "Power Team" for its contributions.