The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority has raised $6,000 for Jefferson Health. This donation to the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center is part of SEPTA’s “SEPTAbulous in Pink!” Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign.
SEPTA Medical Services Manager Forrestine Coombs presented the check with General Manager Leslie Richards last week.
“We wanted to bring awareness to this disease,” said Coombs. “How it afflicts one out of eight women, and now men are being afflicted with breast cancer as well.”
At 9,000 people strong, Coombs says SEPTA is in the perfect position to give back to the community in big ways. As for breast cancer, “it’s not out of sight, out of mind. It’s in our faces on a daily basis.”
The effort began in September 2019. While talking to employees about open enrollment and benefits at health fairs, volunteers also informed them about SEPTA health initiatives. Volunteers with SEPTA raised the funds through donations and the sale of raffle tickets.
Raffle winners received specially themed gift baskets, which contained:
- a SEPTAbulous in Pink! insulated bag and t-shirt,
- a Fitbit Charge 3,
- a Fitbit Aria 2 Scale,
- and a pink gift set from the Philadelphia Eagles.