Wire and cable distributor Allied Wire & Cable, Philadelphia, celebrated family during its 7th Annual Charity Week, Dec. 17 to Dec. 21, 2012. During that week, a percentage of all sales were donated to the American Cancer Society, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the ASPCA.

Charity Week is a holiday tradition for Allied. In past years, the company asked its customers to help choose the charities, but for 2012 the company chose the American Cancer Society for its main donation to honor people battling cancer, including one of Allied's own family members, Nikki Lucas, a sales assistant at Allied Wire & Cable's Florida location. ACS encourages healthy lifestyles and early detection, funds cancer research, and offers a wide range of services and support to people battling all forms of the disease.

Lucas was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in March, and was told that it had spread to the lymph nodes on her left side. She has been undergoing treatment ever since, and says that sharing her experience, and encouraging others to take measures to protect themselves, including getting regular mammograms, is one of the things keeping her strong. She says, “That's what is getting me through — helping others.”

“In keeping with this year's celebration of family, two additional charities will join the American Cancer Society as beneficiaries of Charity Week 2012. On behalf of all the younger members of our families, $1,000 will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Allied will also donate $1,000 to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) for the four-legged members of our families.”