It is October. That means it is time for us to paint the town pink. We have traded in our safety green Arbormax shirts and comfy climbing helmets for these bright pink beacons of hope. Early detection is so important in winning the fight.
Why do we do this? Why is it important. I will tell you why. When I was 9 years old my mother got breast cancer. I was a mamas boy all the way. You can’t imagine how hard it is for a 9 year old to come to terms with the fact that his mom might die. For months I watched her struggle with surgeries and chemotherapy. I can still remember the pink cap that she wore like it was yesterday. It was a long, hard fight but she made it. So many do not. Early detection was the difference in life and death for her.
I am all grown up now and mama is healthy but that pain and those memories are still here. I can’t imagine what life would be like if she didn’t catch it early. That is why we paint the world pink. If one of our pink shirts or trucks or Facebook posts saves the life of another little 9 year old kids mama, or any other woman’s life we have done what we set out to do. Just one.