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Giving Back - CIA&D Helps Sponsor Fort Worth Relay for Life  

Fort Worth, TX – June 2013– As the American Cancer Society celebrates its 100th birthday, this year’s Fort Worth Relay for Life had over 1,400 participants and raised over $120,758.75. It was 12 hours of fun, games, good food, fund raising and walking. Fort Worth was the first location to try the new 12 noon to 12 midnight relay and it was a big success. The Fort Worth American Cancer Society raised more money than ever before.

Sam Symonds, President/CEO of Co-Operative Industries Aerospace & Defense (CIA&D), knows that being a great company also includes being a great neighbor in the local community. For the past two years CIA&D has helped the community by being a distribution center for the Tarrant County Food Bank's Mobile Pantry.  CIA&D has now expanded its community support by becoming a corporate sponsor for this year’s Relay for Life event.

Greg Carwile (CIA&D Management Representative), who is a male breast cancer survivor, started a team for the Relay with the help of Yrene Yegres (Quality Control Inspector at CIA&D). Many of the CIA&D employees supported this effort through buying t-shirts, muffins, and by making donations. Greg’s goal was to make men aware that males can get breast cancer as well. Greg stated “When I went online to look for information about men, I could find very little. So I asked my doctor about it and he told me that since few men have this issue, and it is predominately a female issue, very little research is published for men. I hope to gradually bring this to more men’s attention and hopefully more information will be made available. I thank Sam and the CIAD family for their prayer and support while I was going through my treatments and for the support in the project.”

Relay for Life Team Name:  Hairy Boobs Need Lovin Too
Team Captain: Greg Carwile
Yrene Yegres
Jing Yu
Sandy Hill

Team Goal: $500.00
Amount Raised: $785.02