Shane Hurley and Philanthropy

Shane Hurley is an entrepreneur and business development professional based out of the greater Phoenix area. Shane has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. Hailing from a small town in Northern Idaho, he graduated high school a full year early and supported himself as an apprentice mechanic, giving him the foundation he needed to run a service shop. From there, Shane was on a path of upward mobility. He started his own business at the age of 19 in the form of a small used car lot. Bolstered by the success of his car business, he started his own payment processing business at age 20 in Spokane, Washington. In 2012, Shane was recognized by Inc. Magazine for having the 16th fastest growing company in the state of Washington, and the 237th most rapidly expanding in the US.

Shane is constantly looking for ways to improve the overall health and function of his company. Creating a positive and productive company culture is key in the long-term success of any organization, and Shane focuses on how to support his team both as individuals and as an overall group.

Outside of work, giving back to organizations that fight cancer has always been important to Shane. One of his favorite ways to support these groups is by participating in 5K races for Breast Cancer Awareness. Shane’s personal interest in fighting cancer and his professional interest in building his team come together when his whole company gets involved in these types of events.

Some Information About Breast Cancer

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, in the United States, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed type of cancer in women. Approximately one in eight women will battle breast cancer in their lifetime. Every year, an estimated 220,000 women in the US are diagnosed with the disease, and over 40,000 die from it, making it the second leading cause of death among women annually. Although occurrences of breast cancer in men are relatively uncommon, about 2,150 men are diagnosed with it and an average of 410 men die from it each year in the United States. While these staggering statistics can be difficult to process, there is good news. When breast cancer is detected early, the survival rate is 98%. The best methods for early detection and prevention include performing monthly breast self-exams, and scheduling regular clinical breast exams and mammograms. Also encouraging is the fact that recent years have seen a slight reduction in rates of breast cancer among women aged fifty and above, and that death rates from breast cancer have been steadily declining since 1990, owing in large part to better screening, earlier detection, increased awareness, and constantly improving treatment options.

Fighting the Numbers

Based on these statistics, chances are you are directly or indirectly affected by this disease in one way or another. Hopefully someday breast cancer won’t be so commonplace. But to turn that hope into a reality, it’s up to us to become more informed, and to support the cause of eradicating this disease. Organizations like the National Breast Cancer Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and the Susan G Komen Foundation offer a wealth of information about breast cancer, and serve a vital role in increasing awareness by spreading the word. In addition to informing yourself and others about the disease, there are many other ways to help. You can donate, fundraise, volunteer, and participate in all kinds of events that support different aspects of the critical fight against Breast Cancer.