Employees Come Together to Fight CF
For employees of Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc. (TABS), supporting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s mission to find a cure and control for CF isn’t just a nice thing to do — it’s an integral part of what it means to be a TABS employee, a good neighbor and a responsible member of the global community.
“As an international corporation, we feel a strong responsibility to partner and support organizations we feel are worthy in our local communities and around the globe,” says Mark Mathews, president and chief operating officer of TABS. “We support a variety of charities, and one of the causes that’s been close to our hearts is CF.”
Getting Started by Skiing
TABS’s relationship with the CF Foundation began more than a decade ago when the corporation became a sponsor of American Airlines Celebrity Ski, one of the longest-running and most successful events benefiting the Foundation.
“During the course of supporting that event, we realized what a difficult and complex disease CF is and how it directly impacts individuals and families touched by the disease,” Mathews says. “We chose the CF Foundation as one of our key charities to embrace because it’s so effective in achieving progress.”
Employees Rally for the Cause
As employees became more familiar with CF and its impact on families, they committed to walking in Great Strides, the Foundation’s largest national fundraising event. Since 2009, thousands of TABS employees from across the country have joined efforts to make an even bigger difference for those affected by the disease. From ice baths and dunk tanks for executives to bake sales and “jean Fridays,” employees were able to raise nearly $250,000 over the past two years.
In addition, TABS executive John Bihr is a board member of the CF Foundation’s Georgia Chapter, and employees of IOTEC, a TABS customer, are key volunteers for the Foundation’s annual Hook the Cure event in Mexico. To recognize TABS’s far-reaching and generous support, the CF Foundation honored the corporation with the "Spirit of American" and "Corporate Leadership Council" awards in 2010.
Gene and Matthew McGillycuddy (middle and right)
accept Spirit of American award from CF Foundation
President and CEO Robert J. Beall, Ph.D. at the
Foundation’s 2010 Volunteer Leadership Initiative
Conference. Gene and Matthew are employees of
TABS and key supporters of Great Strides.
“A lot of our employees may not have a family member with CF, but many know someone who struggles with the disease,” Mathews says. “The thing we’re most proud of is the entire organization’s engagement to support this cause.”
Working Toward a Big Goal
Even while facing the challenges of a struggling economy, TABS employees have stepped up with excitement and enthusiasm. “When thousands of people come together, you can make a significant difference,” Mathews says. “The money our employees have raised — that’s a lot of medications for a deserving child, that’s a lot of test tubes in a lab. Things happen because of the donations.”
And Mathews says the employees of TABS show no sign of slowing down until their ultimate dream is fulfilled: “We want to wipe CF off the face of the Earth.”
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