Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Recognizes Union Pacific Railroad's Women's Initiative in Support of Breast Cancer Movement
Omaha, Neb., March 29, 2010 Union Pacific Railroad's women's initiative, LEAD (Lead, Educate, Achieve, Develop), a group of advocates for the Nebraska Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, recently received the annual Outstanding Volunteer Group Award at the 2010 Komen for the Cure Affiliate Conference. Komen for the Cure is the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives and end breast cancer forever.
Komen honored the Union Pacific group for dedication, commitment, creativity and initiative to help breast cancer awareness and programs in Nebraska.
"We are extremely honored to have Susan G. Komen for the Cure® recognize our employee efforts with this award," said Barb Schaefer, Union Pacific senior vice president – Human Resources. "People from across the organization have devoted their time, energy and resources, and we are proud to play a role in the fight to find a cure for breast cancer."
Since 2000, Union Pacific's LEAD has worked to promote the Susan G. Komen Nebraska Race for the Cure® by guiding employee volunteers to organize, plan and implement a registration drive, create promotional ad campaigns for the Race and motivate Union Pacific's 5,000 local employees to embrace Komen's promise on a personal level.
"Union Pacific's unprecedented support of and commitment to Komen in Nebraska is a prime example of how a core group of volunteers can mobilize a corporation," said Lynette Farhart, Komen Nebraska Affiliate executive director. "And, it all starts with Union Pacific chairman and CEO Jim Young, who strongly encourages and supports employees' participation."
Nebraska Race registrations and participation grew by more than 23 percent in 2009 to 11,000 participants and 417 teams. Union Pacific's LEAD group broke its own team member record with 2,481 participants in 2009. More than $547,000 has been raised since the first Union Pacific group was formed 10 years ago, with $76,500 raised in 2009 alone.
The Komen Outstanding Volunteer Awards were established in 1998 to recognize volunteer work accomplished by individuals and groups within the Komen Affiliate Network. The awards honor volunteers in two distinct categories, Individual and Group. The Outstanding Volunteer Group Award is given to a group of four or more individuals who have worked as a committee to benefit one of Komen's 125 global Affiliates. Overall, these volunteers demonstrate dedication, commitment, creativity, initiative and dependability. Their achievements, time, compassion and volunteer spirit serve as benchmarks for all volunteers.
About Union Pacific
Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America's leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers and provides Americans with a fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly and safe mode of freight transportation. Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad emphasizes excellent customer service and offers competitive routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico.
About Susan G. Komen for the Cure®
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure, we have invested nearly $1.5 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.
About the Komen Nebraska Affiliate
The Nebraska Affiliate is part of the world's largest and most progressive grassroots network fighting breast cancer. Through events like the Komen Nebraska Race for the Cure, the Nebraska Affiliate has invested nearly $5 million in community breast cancer programs in a 91-county area encompassing all of Nebraska, excluding Thurston and Dakota. Up to 75 percent of net proceeds generated by the Affiliate stays in Nebraska. The remaining 25 percent funds for national breast cancer research. For more information, call (402) 502-2979 or visit www.komennebraska.org.
The statements and information contained in the news releases provided by Union Pacific speak only as of the date issued. Such information by its nature may become outdated, and investors should not assume that the statements and information contained in Union Pacific's news releases remain current after the date issued. Union Pacific makes no commitment, and disclaims any duty, to update any of this information.