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Forsyth man working for free for a cure
Asks employer to donate salary to Susan G. Komen
Thomas Flaishans, left, is working for Alan White of Comfort Keepers for the month of October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and donate his would-be salary to Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta. - photo by Kayla Robins

CUMMING — Many people donate money to the Susan G. Komen foundation, but one Forsyth County resident wanted to find a unique way to help contribute to breast cancer awareness. So he found a job. To work for free.

Thomas Flaishans appealed to his social networks to find a company that would hire him for the month of October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and donate his would-be salary to Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta.

In his search he found Alan White, owner of Comfort Keepers, located behind the old courthouse in Cumming. Flaishans agreed to put his experience in regional sales and marketing to use for the month, and in the end will have helped two organizations.

He could just give money to the fund, but the awareness of what both organizations do for patients is what counts, he said.

Flaishans said his connection to breast cancer awareness is in two friends who are survivors and one who passed away.

“It hits home,” Flaishans said.

Comfort Keepers is a 10-year-old in-home care services company, providing various needs to anyone who wants to live at home but has medical needs. Specific services range from live-in or 24-hour care, transportation and meal preparation to assistance in bathing, incontinence, errands and companionship.

“Knowing what they do, and with my health care background, that they’re giving the comforts of home to these people,” Flaishans said.

Flaishans’s job description involves developing and improving relationships with clients, including how to increase awareness of the business and revenue. He said he will work to develop a business operating scheme.

He said there is a direct parallel to the health care Comfort Keepers and Susan G. Komen provides.

“It’s the high quality of care,” Flaishans said. “Some people can’t leave work or their home during the day to get the services they need.”

While unable to disclose exactly how much he would earn for the month, Flaishans said it would likely be in the range of what a regional sales manager in the health care industry would make, or between $95,000-$125,000 a year.

Comfort Keepers’ White said he expects it to be in the thousands of dollars.

Julie Brock, special events and volunteer manager for Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta, said in an email to Flaishans the impact of the donation would be to help provide services to uninsured women who would pay less than $50 out of pocket.

Generally, she said, with a donation of $25, Komen Atlanta can provide a clinical breast exam, $125 can provide a mammogram, and a $500 donation is enough for a biopsy.

“When you do a little math,” she wrote in the email, “you can see exactly the impact your work and donation make.”