Are you wearing pink this month?

Pink is the new white in hard hats during October Breast Cancer Awareness month

Gas and electric ops employees across the company will be donning pink hard hats all month, thanks to a $20-a-hat fundraiser targeted to our field workers. All the proceeds go to the American Cancer Society, with a matching gift from National Grid.

Martin Sobers

Martin Sobers

“I’m thankful National Grid is once again showing its support for breast cancer awareness,” says Martin Sobers, Resource Coordinator, NYC-Field Ops, East. “There’s so much work still to be done, not just for breast cancer, but for cancer as a whole. This is another avenue to help raise cancer awareness and I’m proud to be part of it.”

A couple of members of Martin’s group shared what cancer awareness means to them:

“I’ve watched people become survivors. Unfortunately, I’ve also watched people lose their battle with cancer, like my 15 year-old cousin, who never had a chance to actually live her life. Cancer awareness to me is about being proactive any way I can … like donating to help find a cure for this disease that takes lives daily; destroys families and dreams. We have to find a way to properly diagnose people in earlier stages of cancer so that they have a fighting chance.” A Mechanic Burton Deterville

“Cancer to me means awareness, taking stock of my health and taking the time to addressmy overall well being.” C Operator Rea Plummer

Front Row; Mark Conigliaro, Joe Deebs, Martin Sobers, Frank Cardinuto, Mike Contino, Jermar Harper Back Row; Rea Plummer, Michael Floyd, Pasquale Spano, Seon Souvenir

Martin’s ‘Pretty in pink’ team are (front row, l-r) Mark Conigliaro, Joe Deebs, Martin Sobers, Frank Cardinuto, Mike Contino and Jermar Harper; (back row, l-r) Rea Plummer, Michael Floyd, Pasquale Spano and Seon Souven

Rea Plummer

Rea Plummer


Roslyn yard, Long Island

The Roslyn, LI yard is also taking part. Elizabeth Hovanec, Support Services LI led the effort. And both Gas Field Operations & Contact Oversight had 100% participation with many donating extra money toward the cause. Bob Hughes, Senior Supervisor Operations, is proud of the team and put together the Roslyn Pink Hard Hats image.

About 1 in 8 US women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. More than 230,000 new cases were expected to be diagnosed in US women – and more than 2,300 in men – in 2014. And about 40,000 women in the US were expected to die from the disease this year.*

Statistics like these show that our battle against breast cancer is far from over. As the world recognizes October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, National Grid is doing its part to raise awareness, and funds, to fight one of the most common and deadly cancers among women in the US.


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