What makes us First in the Community?
For nearly 160 years, First National Bank has been committed to being a responsible corporate citizen and has maintained a passion for doing what is right for our customers and the communities in which we serve. We truly believe that our success as a company is measured by the success of each of our stakeholders – our customers, communities, business partners, employees and the environment. Corporate social responsibility and giving back are not only part of our Operating Philosophy; they’re embedded in our corporate DNA. We do what is right for our stakeholders, get involved whenever our communities need help and we encourage all employees to volunteer and serve their communities.
VISION AND GOALS
At First National Bank it is our vision to have successful communities in all of the places we operate. To achieve our vision, we have identified a set of eight community focus areas to help create successful communities. Plus, over the next five years, it is our hope that the following community goals will be achieved:
Banking on a Change
First National Bank supports breast cancer awareness month. Read inspirational stories from our own employees who are survivors dedicated to helping others through sharing their personal experience. Increasing awareness of Breast Cancer is a giant first step in the fight to end it. We encourage you to share your experiences by using the hashtag #GoPinkFor with the hopes that others will be inspired to share as well.
BRCA 2 positive. That was the result of my genetic testing done at the age of 24. Breast cancer runs on both sides of my family, but whose gene did I really inherit? It turns out that I carry my father’s gene, in which this disease has taken both of my aunts. This cancer has stepped up to the plate and is batting 1000, as no one has been able to survive it yet. This not only terrified me, but it made me step back and realize that I needed to take action, before it took action. I underwent the preventative double mastectomy at the age of 25.
After 5 surgeries in 8 months, I have reduced my risk of breast cancer by over 90% with no regrets. I was told it wasn’t a matter of if I get this disease, but when I get it. I couldn’t sit back and wait for this to happen to me! I encourage all women and men to test their genetics for themselves and their children, as my dad helped me save my own life by knowing he was a gene carrier.
Breast Cancer runs in my family. For years my OB-GYN told me to get my baseline mammogram done once I turned 35. Like so many other women, I wasn’t doing monthly self breast exams. I was young and invincible. “I’m Julie for Heaven’s sake!” I was given my life changing diagnosis, over the phone, when I was 35. Why me?
The cancer was found in my right breast. Now what? I chose to have a bilateral mastectomy with immediate breast reconstruction. Over the last 6 years I’ve had numerous surgeries, countless infections, and been on a roller coaster of emotions. With Breast Cancer, things don’t always go as planned. You learn to roll with the punches, adapt to change and make sacrifices. It is a huge step forward when you figure out it’s not all about ME … it’s about US! Breast Cancer has restored my faith, saved my marriage and strengthened my family.
My cancer diagnosis has given me a new sense of purpose and taught me to make better choices. I’ve greatly improved my health and now use my enthusiasm, my voice, and my experiences to show others the positives to help them through the difficult times. I still fear the unknown, but I know no matter where my journey takes me, there will always be someone who can benefit from my love for life.
My first personal experience with breast cancer was in 1997, when my mom was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer and given a life expectancy of 2-3 years. I believe my mom's positive attitude kept her alive and living strong for 8 years. I didn't realize she would be my role model in learning to live with cancer. Here is my advice:
- Do your monthly self-breast exams. That’s how I discovered my lump and was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000.
- You know your body and you know when something isn’t right. In early 2009, not feeling right resulted in tests that found a small tumor in my lower right lung and a biopsy confirmed the breast cancer had spread.
- Get routine check ups. Routine scans in 2011 found more tumors; one in the lung, one in a lymph node in the middle of my body and one on my liver.
- Take action and get it checked out. In 2013, I lost the center vision in my left eye. An MRI showed a very small brain tumor that would have gone undetected without the symptoms of my eye’s macular hole.
- Having another birthday is better than not having one.And lastly, what I learned from my mom, stay as positive as you can, it makes you stronger!
On March 27, 2006, I was diagnosed with breast cancer -- The devastation and uncertainty I felt between diagnosis and my bilateral mastectomy on April 7 was nearly insurmountable. All I could focus on was dying, missing my families’ lives and the unknown. As my journey continued through diagnosis, surgery and treatment, I chose not to be ‘just another patient’ and began approaching each treatment with silliness and humor.
I wore silly hats to treatment and discovered that humor and laughter played a significant role in my physical and mental healing. What began selfishly as a way for me to cope with my diagnosis and treatments has turned into a monthly mission to encourage cancer survivors, caregivers and staff with humor, laughter and smiles to ‘be a live-er’ and to celebrate something every day! Flamingos for Hope (Friends Laughing, Achieving Miracles, Inspiring and Nurturing Gifts, Offering Smiles) formed out of my desire to make sure that this ‘program’ continue in perpetuity, to ‘fund the fun’ and to involve more volunteers. Laughter is the best medicine.
Breast cancer runs in my family, even though the type of breast cancer I had was not hereditary. My Grandmother does not have her left breast because of it. I think way back when she was diagnosed and how far they've come with treatment. I beat Cancer, too! That is my biggest strength knowing that I was able to move on from what happened to me, not forgetting but always pushing forward knowing where I was. My family was my biggest motivation to see me through the good and bad. I am living, surviving and thriving because I was given another chance.Important Advances
At one time breast cancer could only be diagnosed when a tumor was big enough to see or feel. Now it can be recognized -- and cured -- far earlier, often before any symptoms have even appeared. Important advances in breast cancer, diagnosis and treatment include: mammography, surgical improvements, genetic testing and treatments. If you find a lump or other change in your breast — even if a recent mammogram was normal — make an appointment with your doctor for prompt evaluation.
There is no history of breast cancer in my family. I am in good health, make an effort to maintain a healthy diet and exercise. I go in for check-ups with my physician on an annual basis. I’ve never had a serious illness. My routine Mammogram showed nothing unusual, but when my doctor completed a manual breast exam, the lump was there. A follow-up Mammogram confirmed it was very close to my ribcage—easily undetected by the Mammogram. Then the biopsy. Then the news no one wants to hear. Breast Cancer. That was in August of 2012. Now, after surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, I am a breast cancer survivor who is 2.5 years out from completion of treatment.Marcia Shares these Three Key Lessons:
1. Do your Breast Self- Exam regularly and get regular mammograms. You know your body better than anyone else; once a year at the Dr.’s office isn’t enough.
2.Get a second opinion regarding treatment if you are faced with any life-threatening condition. YOU decide what medical team YOU trust.
3. Maintain a positive outlook and allow people around you to provide support. Attitude does make a difference and a fighting spirit helps you through the treatment and improves your outlook.
I like to say that I’m a two and a half time cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with breast cancer almost 20 years ago. I found this myself through self-examination. After many discussions with several types of doctors, I had a lumpectomy followed by radiation and chemo. In 2010, almost 15 years after the 1st occurrence, cancer was found early by a mammogram. Since it was a 2nd occurrence, I had to have a mastectomy.
Within months of this diagnosis, I was diagnosed with pre cancer in my colon (this is what I consider my ½ occurrence), which was found during a colonoscopy. So I had two surgeries in the same year within a short period of time, but I’m still here to tell you about it and about how important it is to get those tests and to be aware of what your body is telling you.
First National has supported moms like us for more than 20 years, by providing an excellent Lactation Program. In doing so, we have reduced our risk of breast cancer by up to 28%*. Thanks First National for providing a beautiful space, education, support and hospital grade breast pumps. We couldn’t have reached our goals without it.What some moms have to say about this program:
“Hands down the program is absolutely amazing and an incredible benefit the bank offers working mothers.”
“It's a blessing that FNB has the facility and necessities to accommodate working/nursing mothers. I often brag to family and friends in state and out of state about the lactation facility at FNB. People always respond with "wow what a great company." Thanks for all that you do to make the transition for working mothers smooth and manageable when returning to work.”
Fifteen minutes, can save a life. First National Bank helps us make prevention a priority by bringing a Mobile Mammography Unit on site – it’s quick and easy to take that first step. First National Bank makes mammograms accessible - so early detection and treatment of breast cancer is possible.
Prevention doesn’t stop there - First National’s preventive care coverage allows us to work with our doctors to create a preventive care program that’s just right.
- 5,000 housing units in communities across our footprint will be constructed, rehabilitated, and financed using monetary investments and grants donated to organizations who are committed to creating access to stable and affordable housing.
- 1,000 community events celebrating the arts, cultures, humanities and athletics will take place through sponsorships and donations to organizations who organize these opportunities to enrich the lives of individuals within our communities.
- 50,000 individuals will be a step closer to self-sufficiency through vocation training, employability skills training, adult basic education, and other life-skills education made possible through grants, donations, and sponsorships to community partners delivering these programs and services.
- 25,000 jobs will be created or retained in communities across our footprint via targeted investments and grants to community partners who help grow small businesses through training, technical assistance, and loans.
How do we plan to achieve our vision and goals? Over the next five years (2016-2020), we will invest $85,000,000 and 100,000 volunteer hours into organizations, programs, and initiatives that are creating successful communities. To learn more about our community investments, click here.