September 1, 2010

Trane Associates in La Crosse Contribute to the Fight Against Cancer

Trane in La Crosse recently donated more than $20,000 toward the fight against cancer through a combination of fundraisers and support from the Ingersoll Rand Foundation.

The leadership team in La Crosse recently applied and received approval for a $10,000 donation from the Ingersoll Rand Foundation to be the primary sponsor of the American Cancer Society’s Patient Navigator Program in La Crosse County, which partners with companies to offer employees resources to help manage cancer treatment and recovery.

Trane representatives, including Sam Van Riper, director of pricing, Americas, and chairman of the La Crosse Leadership Council; Hajo Siemers, strategic financial planning leader and Laurie Schneider, financial services team leader presented the donation to American Cancer Society representatives on August 5 at the La Crosse facility.

“It's important to give back to our communities, and being the primary sponsor of the La Crosse County American Cancer Patient Navigator Program is one way that we can do that,” said Van Riper.

In addition, employees also participated in Relay for Life on August 6, an event put on by the American Cancer Society that unites survivors, their family and friends, volunteers and other members of the community for a walk to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. Ingersoll Rand served as a top-level sponsor of the event, and the 32 participating employees raised more than $10,000 through fundraisers and pledges.

“Many first-time participants commented on what an amazing experience Relay for Life was, and that next year they will challenge family members, friends and co-workers to become involved as well,” said Schneider, who led fundraising efforts on campus and organized one of the four teams of employees that participated in the event.

Last year, employees in La Crosse donated $4,000 to Relay for Life, and associates have been participating in the event for more than five years.

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