October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

These days, when October hits, people know they can expect to see vast amounts of pink! October is of course, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The 698 Moving Metro wellness program with Transit Employees Health and Welfare (TEHW) and Local 689 are joining in on the fun. Continue reading to learn more about how we are helping to promote the importance of prevention--early detection is the single most important factor to surviving this disease.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Activities

Goodie Bags

With help from Breast Care for Washington, the Local 689 MAT team and the METRO Wellness program we have crafted 1500 Breast Cancer awareness goodie bags to disperse to our members and employees throughout METRO. They will be available at the October union meetings as well as at your bus divisions and rail yards. We'll also be partnering with the Local 689 MAT Team to "Ride the Rails" and drop off bags for Station Managers. Be on the lookout!

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Strides against Breast Cancer Walk

Here’s another opportunity to get involved in a fun activity and for a good cause! Join the wellness program in supporting and participating with our Local 689 team “Hero’s United” for the Strides against Breast Cancer walk on Sunday October 18th at 10am. You can sign up to join the team by clicking here. Then click “join our team”.

Contact Haywood McNeil for more information: Hmcneil@wmata.com (202)-330-2304


“Pink” Promotional Tables

Breast Care for Washington is joining us in hosting a “Pink Promotional Table” at the following locations:

  • Carmen Turner October 28th 11am-2pm, in the entrance between building B & C
  • JGB October 29th from 11am-2pm in the facility lobby
  • Branch Avenue October 22nd from 10am-3pm in the rail operations building

Come by to get your goodie bag and enter to win a prize!

Pink Promo Table Powerpoint

 Remember these Important Facts

  • A woman's chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime is 1 in 8
  • 8 out of 9 diagnosed women have no family history of breast cancer
  • Early dedection is the single most important factor to surviving this disease


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