Team of the Week

Team Mastercard

Doing Its Part in the Fight Against Breast Cancer

This is Team MasterCard’s first Komen Greater NYC Race for the Cure®. The team, captained by Jeff Manchester, has set its sights high – its fundraising goal is $55,555.

MasterCard is an official brand partner for Komen For the Cure’s financial products, which are currently offered at Bank of America (another partner). Both companies joined up to participate in the Komen Global Race for the Cure™ in Washington, DC earlier this year. “After being a part of this exciting event and witnessing the tireless work the organization does, we decided to do our part,” said Manchester. “We formed a team and dedicated ourselves to raising funds and participating in the Race.”

Team acCounting on a Cure

MasterCard and Bank of America
walkers for Komen Global Race in
Washington, DC

The team is made up of an excited and diverse group of men and women committed to the company and its Komen partners. The mother of alternate captain Inga Singh fought the disease six years ago. “Shortly after,” she explained, “I had two girlfriends in their 40s, who were both diagnosed. They are now in remission, but it truly hit home on all fronts — family and friends.” A Team MasterCard member’s mother was diagnosed five years ago thanks to a routine screening. She received chemotherapy and is also in remission. Other forms of cancer have touched team members’ lives.

Team MasterCard has just started to promote its involvement in the Race. MasterCard’s Women’s Leadership Network – a group of executive level women who promote education and career opportunities to women throughout the organization – is promoting the Race team. So are MasterCard’s fitness groups. An article about the team has already appeared on the company intranet and in two executive blogs. Team members will have individual fundraising pages and write posts about Race on their Facebook pages. The same tools will also be used to raise funds, along with the Race team page.

Since this is Team MasterCard’s first Race, its favorite memory will have to wait until September 9th. However, those who attended the Race in DC had one to share. “A long lasting memory will be the kick-off speech by a young lady, Bridget Spence, who was diagnosed at the age of 21,” said Singh. “She was inspirational, motivated and committed to her involvement with Komen.”