The National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM) this year made a $1,000 donation to the American Cancer Society in honor of NATM member Brian Jones, who lost his battle with cancer Feb 27, 2019.
Jones, 50, was a general manager at member company Champion Hoist & Equipment in North Carolina.
“Brian was an incredible employee, friend and family man,” NATM said in a recent blog post. “He was an active participant in NATM and the industry, and his loss touched many people far and wide.”
NATM said it is aware of other members who are fighting courageous battles against a terrible disease, and its 2019 donation is intended to honor the memory of those who have died by lending a helping hand in the fight against cancer.
The NATM Board of Directors selected the American Cancer Society as the recipient of the 2019 charitable contribution for their work encouraging cancer prevention strategies, providing support for patients, creating resources through volunteerism, working with lawmakers, increasing accessibility to care and funding research.
“NATM is thankful to be able to play a small helping role in the American Cancer Society’s mission to free the world from cancer on behalf of its members,” the association said.
The donation also is the result of the board’s 2017 decision to look for opportunities to give back to charitable causes when possible, thanks to the association’s healthy finances.
“NATM members have a rich tradition of supporting their communities and giving back to causes near and dear. To honor NATM member’s commitment to the greater good of our communities, NATM chose to utilize its success to give back and support a charitable cause,” NATM said. “Since the board’s discussion, NATM has made an annual commitment to charitable giving and selects recipients from a list of reputable, national organizations whose mission touches NATM members and the industry.”