County employees to wear denim, donate money to fight breast cancer

MAYVILLE – On Friday, Chautauqua County Employees will join together to help raise money for breast cancer by participating in Lee National Denim Day. During the event, employees will be given the opportunity to purchase a pink ribbon for a $5 donation, which will allow them to wear jeans to work on Friday.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women. They estimate that in 2013 about 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women and about 39,620 women will die from breast cancer in 2013.

Lee National Denim Day is proud to continue to support the American Cancer Society. Denim Day is committed to improving the everyday lives of those with breast cancer – past, present and future. Through the event a simple gesture turns into extraordinary support by funding lifesaving screenings in communities nationwide, providing hope and care to those traveling away from home for cancer treatment, and investing in groundbreaking cancer research.

“Lee National Denim Day is great way to offer a causal Friday and create something much bigger,” Gregory J. Edwards, Chautauqua County executive, said. “There are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States and by letting employees wear jeans to work one day in exchange for a donation it will help fight breast cancer and continue to give hope to everyone who is or has been diagnosed with breast cancer, a cause that is very important to me and many of our employees.”

“We are more grateful every year at the number of organizations like Chautauqua County, who come together across the country and donate to make this grassroots program a continued success,” Liz Cahill, Vice President of Marketing Communications for Lee Jeans, said. “This year as we celebrate our 18th anniversary, we’d like to thank all the companies and people across the nation that have participated in Lee National Denim Day and helped us raise more than $89 million in the fight against breast cancer.”

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