PHILANTHROPY AWARDS from Karmanos Cancer Institute
These awards recognize individuals who dedicate resources and talents to benefit the cause of breast cancer.
Dawn Jasinski and Sharon Hemmen
Sharon Hemmen and Dawn Jasinski – Individual Awards
Dawn Jasinski and Sharon Hemmen were co-workers at Doeren Mayhew. Hemmen, who lives in Sterling Heights, was involved in the Komen Detroit Race for the Cure® since 2004, after her treatment for breast cancer. Jasinski, an Oxford resident, signed up for the Breast Cancer 3-Day walk benefitting Susan G. Komen for the Cure in 2005 after her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. That same year, a co-worker passed away from a long battle with breast cancer. When Doeren Mayhew agreed to match all employee donations, it took Jasinski’s and Hemmen’s fundraising to a level they never imagined. That was the kick-start of their enthusiasm for fundraising and in 2006, they started a small team with family members, called “D.A.S.H. for a Cure” (Dawn and Sharon’s Hope), which now has 11 members.
Quotes: “We are co-captains of our D.A.S.H. for a Cure team of breast cancer survivors and family members. Each year, we wonder if we will meet our goal, and each year we are amazed that we always exceed our expectations. The fantastic people on the race committee and the accomplishments of the brilliant doctors at Karmanos, along with the steady increase in survival rates, make our hard work all worthwhile!” – Sharon Hemmen
“Over the past five years, I have been involved with breast cancer fundraising (mainly Komen Detroit Race for the Cure® and the Breast Cancer 3-Day). I really got involved when my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. Prior to that, my aunt, grandmother and my fundraising partner Sharon had also been diagnosed. It seemed I knew more and more people each year who were affected by this disease. It was then that I knew I had to help raise money to find a cure for breast cancer. In these economic times, I find it so hard to continue fundraising year after year. And then I see all the benefits and progress that is made through Karmanos and local fundraising groups. That is what keeps me going. The support and encouragement I get each year goes a long way – hopefully long enough to one day find a cure.” – Dawn Jasinski