Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women in the United States. As of January 2018, there are more than 3.1 million women with a history of breast cancer. That’s a huge number and can be hard to even conceptualize. Royce Epstein, A&D design director at Mohawk Group, can both unpack and humanize that statistic.
“In August 2014, at age 45, I was diagnosed with breast cancer after a routine mammogram. Four years later and the healing, both physical and emotional, continues still. One in eight women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer each year—we all know more than 8 women. This disease is an epidemic.”
Royce is in a unique position to take a stand against breast cancer. On a personal level, she works with Susan G. Komen regularly, participating in walks, fundraising, and sharing her story publicly. As a Mohawk Group employee, she also can affect change by promoting the brand’s Specify for a Cure program, which has contributed to Mohawk’s corporate donations of more than $5.5 million to Susan G. Komen since 2001.
“As a survivor, I am very proud to work for a company that cares about women, cares about our A&D design community, and cares about me,” says Epstein.
Specify for a Cure enables designers to support Susan G. Komen’s mission through the everyday process of specifying a product. For every 500 square yards or more of any eligible carpet styles, Mohawk will donate $.25 per square yard sold to Susan G. Komen. PDI (precision dye injected) carpeting from Durkan, Mohawk Group’s hospitality brand, is also included as an eligible product in the program. For every 1,000 square feet or more of eligible hard surfaces, Mohawk will donate $.10 per square foot sold. Eligible styles are available here.
These donations will work towards Susan G. Komen’s bold goal to reduce breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. by 2026. Mohawk is a committed partner in the fight to believe in better and believe in a cure year-round—raising awareness through promotion of the Specify for a Cure program, employee engagement initiatives, and volunteering at special events like the Susan G. Komen 3-Day.