In June, InterCall employees in our West Point, GA, office decided it was time to do something drastic. They’ve supported the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life for many years, but now things were different. Too many of their friends, family and co-workers have been affected by cancer—either waging battles themselves or supporting a mother, father, sister or brother who were going through chemotherapy, surgeries and more chemotherapy.
Holly Parker Hanners and Christy Thompson, part of InterCall’s customer service team and each of whom have lost a parent to cancer, wanted to do more. When Holly’s mom was fighting the disease, Holly wanted to shave her hair to show her support, and she wanted to extend that to the community. She and Christy got the idea of starting Bald Is Beautiful with a goal of raising money for ACS. The concept sounds simple, but it is a very personal thing to bare your scalp. (Between Holly and Christy, they shaved off about four feet of hair.) People wanted to join the cause, though, and on the first day they had 19 co-workers sign up to lose their locks. Thirty-three shaved heads (most of them InterCall team members) in the Bald Is Beautify event. Between that and a golf tournament, beauty pageants, personal donations and participation in Relay for Life, the teams raised $26,000 for ACS. And this significant contribution put the donations in Chamber County to the local ACS chapter over the $1 million mark.
We want to also recognize and congratulate this team for their selfless efforts. As a business, we know our employees are dedicated to serving customers. To see them apply this same type of service to such a worthwhile cause makes us realize just how fortunate we are to have co-workers such as Holly and Christy and all the others who participated in the events. Our thoughts are with anyone affected by cancer and we hope that all the support for ACS and other organizations will one day result in a cure.
If you would like to make a donation to ACS, you can do so here.