BURTON (WJRT) (10/2/17)--It was nothing short of an early morning pink-out at Elga Credit Union in Burton, all to help the American Cancer Society kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
"Oh my gosh, have you ever seen so much pink? It's a wonderful thing," said Elga's CEO Karen Church.
Throughout October, the ACS will spread awareness about advancements in treatment, and support that it can provide patients and families. The organization will also promote the upcoming Making Strides walking events in Flint, Saginaw, and Midland.
"We have provided over 2,400 rides out of the Flint office to and from treatment for patients that would have had no other way to get there. A lot of that money comes from funds that are raised in this community," said Debbie Pavone. Senior Community Representative for the ACS.
In fact, Elga employees are accepting donations at all branches with a goal of bringing in $10,000 dollars this month. For many on staff, it's a cause that's personal.
"In 2001, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. She fought the hard fight and was in remission for ten years. Unfortunately, it came back in 2015 very aggressively and we did lose her. I'm here for her. She was a great person, and I want to keep her legacy alive," said Elga employee Mallory Hazard.
Karen Borton happens to be a four time survivor, and she offers this practical advice.
"Be aware of your body and what you need to do to take care of yourself and be healthy, and you will be," said Borton.
During October, the message of prevention will be on the road in full force, including on the side of the MTA's big, pink bus. A pink, 1969 Buick Skylark convertible will be on the streets as well.
"Everybody recognizes the pink car and waves and honks. It's an automatic to be aware of what it stands for. You can beat it. Everyone can beat it. We will," said Borton.
For a schedule of Making Strides events in Michigan, as well as Breast Cancer support links, click on the related links section.