When a station employee was diagnosed with breast cancer this year, employees at Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station pulled together and sprang into action. Meals were prepared and fundraisers were held to help ease the financial burden on the employee and her family. "The outpouring of love and support from the station was overwhelming, and very humbling," she said. "I received cards and gifts and notes of encouragement from everyone. My co-workers even donated their vacation time so I could heal, it was amazing!”
In addition, the station committed to raising money during their annual fall refueling outage for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. “Every year we take one of our two reactors offline for scheduled refueling and maintenance. During this time thousands of contracted workers come to the site to work,” explained Outage Manager Barry Hedrick. “Normally the station will design and sell a commemorative outage t-shirt to raise money for a local charity. This year we went all out! In addition to selling t-shirts our employees painted the plant pink, sold hard hat stickers and held a site-wide luncheon to raise money.” In total, the station raised $20,000.
The money will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
whose goal is to prevent and cure breast cancer by advancing the world's most promising research. The foundation provides critical funding for cancer research worldwide to fuel advances in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, metastasis and survivorship.
“At times it can be difficult to explain how rewarding it is to work at Peach Bottom,” said Plant Manager Matthew Herr. “Teamwork is very important to me personally, and is one of the reasons Peach Bottom is such a special place to work. For that reason, our vision statement starts with ‘ONE team’. While this is embodied daily at work, we find it so often extends beyond the site boundaries to individuals who are in need in our local community.”