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Donations, Education, and People-Power Mark MassMutual Breast Cancer Awareness Month Efforts
Date:10/16/2008

ncial Group in New Castle, PA, a MassMutual general agency, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. She not only defeated the disease but also went on to receive both the New Associate of the Year Award from her agency as well as the Advocate for Women in Business Award from the Women's Referral Network -- all while battling her cancer. Determined to increase awareness of both breast cancer and financial preparedness, DeVries conducted Pearls of Wisdom financial seminars at the Chester County Hospital where she was being treated.

"That's what I try to communicate to other women -- you can beat this disease. And spreading awareness is a great step towards increasing survival rates," she said. "So get tested, and get prepared financially, because you need to protect yourself and your family."

Annette Olday, CRPC, of MassMutual's Buffalo Agency, presents Pearls of Wisdom seminars in honor of her mother-in-law, an 18-year survivor of breast cancer. At each of her seminars, Olday urges women to review their financial contingency plans because they're not always what they think.

"Often, women tell me that they think they have disability income insurance or life insurance through their employer, or that their husband has arranged for coverage. But after attending our seminar, they double-check and find out that they don't have as much coverage as they thought or perhaps none at all," said Olday. "It's very rewarding to know we are helping women make better plans that will enable them to weather potentially devastating illnesses such as breast cancer."

Mary Brimer and Barbara Boylan, of Legacy Financial Group, LLC, a MassMutual general agency, give their Pearls of Wisdom donations to the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation to increase awareness. Their donations are just one of the ways in which they support the foundation and work to raise awareness, particularly in their home state of Rhode Island.

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