While October brings the ghouls and goblins and witches fly through the night on their broomsticks, October also brings hope.
Pink shirts, pink hats, pink wristbands, pink tutus, pink socks, pink hair… pink, pink, PINK!
For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we participated in several events throughout the community, as well as raised money for the CenLa Race for a Cure.
Painting The Town Pink…
- Boobs of Steel
With 36 employees and their families participating in the Susan G. Komen CenLa Race for a Cure, we raised $400 in under one week! Our team colors were ice grey and bright pink, and with Ernest Lemoine’s… well, we’ll just call it creativity- our team name was Boobs of Steel. Although it was pretty early for a Saturday morning and a bit chilly, every team member was out there with a smile, enthusiasm and ready to take on the 5K. A big thanks to Shea Rax, or better known as Major Payne, for his leadership and chants that kept everyone’s spirits up as we made our voyage throughout downtown Alexandria.
Before the race kicked off, there was a ceremony celebrating all of the survivors and honoring those we have lost. To see the community come together and unite, and to be a part of this, was so encouraging and made me see things a little different. Being the “photographer” of the day, I was running around making sure to capture the memories. And while I was hanging behind for a moment, everyone was standing next to each other, kind of like a wall, walking down the street. We were like an army-marching together, standing side-by-side, fighting to end Breast Cancer.
- Pink Balloon Release
Our parent company, Crest Industries, did such a great job putting together this event. We all had matching pink shirts, there were hundreds of pink balloons and the local media came out to cover it. It was a sea of pink as we all gathered together to watch the balloons fly away, each representing a wish for a breast cancer-free world. It was invigorating to watch as everyone’s eyes were fixated to the sky as their balloons faded away.
Out at our fabricating facility, there were over 100 day-shift employees that participated in the pink balloon release. I’d like to guesstimate that 90 percent are men, and let me tell you, they were rocking it with their camouflaged pink bandanas! One of the guys in building three, Michael Setliff, has worn a pink shirt EVERY DAY this month in honor of Breast Cancer. Its love and support like this that keeps the world turning.
This month has made an imprint in our lives, and we know that our efforts have helped within our community and across the nation...And we will continue to fight.