Team of the Week

Team Partners on the Path

A breast cancer survivor’s suggestion becomes a team of 40

Team Partners on the Path – the Race team of Health & Wellness Partners (HWP) — was founded last year at the suggestion of a company staff member who is a breast cancer survivor. The team, captained by Judy Handley, had 40 participants for its first Race in 2011.

HWP – a certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) – was started seven years ago with 12 female employees and has grown to a company of 60 women employees and “a handful of very good men.” A focus of the management and staff is giving back to the community. In addition to supporting Komen Greater NYC, HWP backs an organization that assists women in need with employment and life skills services. A medical education company, HWP was named one of the “25 Best Small Companies” by Working Mother magazine in 2007.

Team Nana

For the 2012 Race, Health and
Wellness Partners is honoring
people whose lives have been
touched by breast cancer

“Breast cancer has touched many of our team members in addition the two HWP staffers who are breast cancer survivors – Jo-Ann Cleary and Candy Pisto,” explained Handley. “This year we have created an ‘Honors Board’ where each person can honor people in their lives who have been affected by the disease.” Handley’s mother is a breast cancer survivor as are her best friend and four other friends. The company’s editorial director SuEllen Farrell is honoring her mother, who lost her battle after her third bout with the disease.

HWP has an entire wall at its headquarters dedicated to the Komen Greater NYC Race for the Cure. Handley spreads the word about the team via company emails. In addition, team members solicit others outside the company to join the team and donate to the cause.

When asked about the team’s favorite memory from its first Race, Handley deferred to the words of HWP staffer Jo-Ann Cleary who was the impetus behind the team’s creation.

Last year, when I sent out the internal email asking if anyone was interested in joining me for the Komen Greater NYC Race For the Cure, I thought maybe one or two people would join me.

I never dreamed that we would be able to fill a bus!