Guest Writer: Jeania Lowery, SVP, Area Executive for the St. Louis and Kansas City Metro Area for Bank of America
Every year that I participate in the Susan G. Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure, I am utterly amazed at our community’s continued dedication to raising funds for life-saving breast health programs and breast cancer research. Whether these participants, racers, spectators and volunteers know someone who has been affected by breast cancer or not, race day is always an inspiring and moving display of passion for women and creating awareness of breast health issues.
My journey with Komen started after the passing of my dear friend and mentor at Bank of America, Jan. She was a true inspiration to me and my fellow colleagues—always making sure to show our team the importance of life and the value of having a positive attitude in everything we do. Because of her, every year I take part in this race to honor her memory and do my part to give every woman a chance to live the long healthy life that Jan was unable to have.
This is a commitment that I have also been able to pass down and share with my daughter, Meagan. Through my involvement with the organization, Meagan has seen firsthand what a powerful impact this cause has for other women and has become just as passionate about the cause as me. Now, the race has become a time that we look forward to coming together to remember Jan and ensure her legacy lives on through the healthy lives of other women.
Fortunately, through my job at Bank of America, I am also able to support the Susan G. Komen effort in another way. Bank of America has been a longtime sponsor of the organization, and this year we have a larger presence than ever with sponsorships in 130 Komen Race events across the franchise.
At the local level, I am channeling my passion for the cause by working to get all lines of businesses involved in the race. Through our Bank of America’s Community Volunteers, I organize our employees to help volunteer at the survivor and volunteer tents as well as encourage fellow coworkers to take part in the race itself as a walker or runner. I also help to coordinate donations from our associates who cannot otherwise participate or donate their time on race day.
Thanks to funds raised through the Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure, Komen St. Louis is able to support local organizations offering a variety of breast health services to underserved and uninsured women, men and families who otherwise may not have access. These services include free mammograms, navigation through the health care system, and breast health education.
This year, I am honored to have the opportunity to take the stage to speak about my and Bank of America’s commitment to the Susan G. Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure. I cannot wait to participate in the Komen St. Louis Race again on June 14 and am thrilled to lend my ongoing personal and professional support to this invaluable organization.