MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
October 11, 2004
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TENNESSEE CAPITOL IN THE PINK FOR BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
IAWP AND DEPT. OF LABOR HONOR SURVIVORS

NASHVILLE - The International Association of Workforce Professionals, the professional association of the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development, is hoping to enlighten state employees during Breast Cancer Awareness month. The IAWP donated pink gels to light up the Tennessee Capitol pink in honor of state employees who are breast cancer survivors during the week of October 11-15. The IAWP is a nonprofit professional association working to meet the needs of workforce professionals across the United States. The group works to motivate Department of Labor & Workforce Development employees, promote education and help community projects.

Labor Commissioner James Neeley, a cancer survivor himself, will honor the department's breast cancer survivors in a brief ceremony Friday, October 15 at 10:00 a.m. at Andrew Johnson Tower, first floor conference room. "Having had cancer myself, I know the challenges one faces when diagnosed with such a tragic disease," said Neeley. "Our employees who have beat breast cancer are true survivors and we are proud to have these strong individuals contribute to the team spirit of our department."

Representatives from the American Cancer Society and St. Thomas-Baptist Health Services will be on hand to educate department employees about breast cancer. Johnson & Johnson is providing informational gift bags.

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