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Join Us For National Lee Denim Day!

September 24, 2010 | Cynthia Floyd Manley

Every year, we get asked about participating in Lee National Denim Day, which has been raising money to fight breast cancer $5 at a time for 14 years. And ever year, we’ve declined because the concept is that if you donate $5 to the cause, you get to wear jeans to work on that Friday. See, many faculty and staff at Vanderbilt University Medical Center cannot wear jeans to work because they spend their day caring for patients in our clinics and hospitals.

But this year, we decided to take part anyway. We’ve joined with Gilda’s Club Nashville to form a team, Gilda’s Club/VUMC Taking Breast Cancer Down. A link to our online team page is below.

Our goal is raise funds and offer folks a chance to participate however they can. If they can wear jeans to work, that’s great. But if they can’t, maybe they can wear a denim shirt, skirt or scarf, make a ribbon out of a strip of denim to wear on your lapel or take some other creative approach. Just be sure, if you are Vanderbilt faculty and staff, that whatever you choose to do is in keeping with the policies and practices of your department.

We wanted to show our support for this cause for a couple of reasons. First, we want to demonstrate our gratitude to Lee National Denim Day for supporting breast cancer research here at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. Carlos Arteaga, M.D., is the principal investigator of the Lee Translational Laboratory here at Vanderbilt. Second, Lee also supports the work of our community partner, Gilda’s Club Nashville, which provides psycho-social support to many of our patients and families.

So please consider joining our team by making an online donation. And show your support — in creative, dress-code-compliant ways — on National Lee Denim Day, Friday, Oct. 8, 2010.

Join or support our team for National Lee Denim Day.

Learn more about National Lee Denim Day.