When I was asked by our CEO Tim Gomez to write a guest post on this blog, I was truly honored. The truth is, I have a special connection to National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, as I know many others do. Let me first introduce myself, my name is Margaret Harman and I’m a marketing coordinator here at Dixon Ticonderoga Company. My story is personal and I’m pleased to share it with you.
My Aunt Margaret (yes, I was named after her), was one of the smartest and strongest women I have ever known. She graduated from school four years early, raised her younger brothers and sisters, and worked at a time when it wasn’t common for women to do so. Her children grew up to be doctors, lawyers and teachers. Tough as nails, she was the kind of lady who said what she meant and meant what she said. But she always provided you with a safe haven when the world was crashing down on you.
Aunt Margaret was diagnosed with breast cancer. Twice.
In true Aunt Margaret fashion, she was able to beat the cancer both times, partly due to the efforts of people and organizations who are participating in the fight against breast cancer. I am proud that the company that I work for is one of those organizations. One of the ways Dixon helps is by manufacturing a Breast Cancer Awareness Pencil that can be purchased all year long. A portion of the proceeds from this pencil are donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Breast Cancer is a disease that affects millions of lives each year. Please join us in the fight to find a cure.
I love you, Aunt Margaret, and I strive to live up to your good name every day.