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Pink and Proud: ComEd Sponsors Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk for Second Year

Employees team up to raise funds and increase breast cancer awareness ​

CHICAGO (Oct. 20, 2016) – Last Saturday, dozens of employees, friends, and family members of ComEd and its parent company, Exelon,  joined nearly 800 breast cancer survivors and supporters at the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Park Ridge, Ill. As an extension of its Pink Hard Hat Initiative that launched in 2014, ComEd again proudly sponsored the annual walk which raises money to help the American Cancer Society fund groundbreaking research and provide free, comprehensive information and support to thousands of men and women.

Latrice Johnson, a ComEd employee and six-year breast cancer survivor, spoke at the event's opening ceremony about her own battle with cancer, and the importance of preventative care.

"As a survivor, I'm proud to support causes and organizations that encourage both women and men to be healthy and get regular cancer screenings," said Latrice Johnson, ComEd employee and breast cancer survivor. "I would like to thank all of the wonderful people that not only made donations, but who also participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. It was a beautiful day filled with support, love, and hope for the future."

In 2014, ComEd launched its Pink Hard Hat Initiative and 500 ComEd crew members wore their pink hard hats while on the job throughout the month of October. Developed to create more awareness among ComEd customers and employees, the program was extremely popular and there were several requests to expand the initiative. ComEd responded with a company-wide pink hard hat offer and encouraged employees to make a donation to a cancer-based charity. This year to date, ComEd's Making Strides team has raised more than $14,000, which will go toward investment in groundbreaking breast cancer research as well as provide free information and services for those diagnosed with the disease. ​

"As a local company with deep roots in the community, we take our role to educate and nourish the people in our communities to heart," said Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO, ComEd. "It's rare to know someone who hasn't been impacted by breast cancer in some way, whether personally or through a loved one. The importance of early detection and preventative care cannot be overstated, and we're proud that the funds raised by the Pink Hard Hat Initiative will work to encourage good health and hopefully help find the cure."​

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