Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) started selling grey and pink, Paint it Pink T-shirts on Sept. 30 with a supply of 8,500. On Tuesday morning the shirts are almost gone, with only limited sizes available.
Wendi Waugh, administrative director of SOMC Cancer Services and Community Health & Wellness, said she’s really surprised on how fast the shirts are selling and attributes the popularity to the design and the quality of the shirts.
“We ordered 8,500 shirts this year and I believe we sold somewhere in the neighborhood of 4,000 to 5,000 on the first day,” Waugh said.
She said selling that many shirts is a record.
“Now we’re into day three (Tuesday) and we are completely out of some sizes,” Waugh said. “I think people just love the design and we went with a different brand (of shirt) and its a really soft feel and everyone just loves it.”
She said they also ordered 400 long sleeved shirts in grey, just to see if people would be interested in them and they sold out within the first hour and a half. She said once the remainder of the shirts are sold there will be no more available.
The shirts are available at all three SOMC Life Center’s, SOMC Gift Gallery on the main campus and the SOMC Cancer Center.
“What’s left is mostly available at the SOMC Cancer Center, we have the largest selection. The gift gallery has some and the life centers have a limited quantity,” Waugh said.
She said the majority of what’s left is mostly pink and range from small youth to 3XL.
The SOMC Paint it Pink Campaign is held each year in honor of Nation Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October.
As apart of the campaign SOMC has scheduled events throughout the month. The campaign started with the selling of shirts on September 30.
On October 11 from 4-6 p.m., there’s a free breast and cervical cancer screening at the SOMC Cancer Center. Registration for the event can achieved by calling 740-356-8234.
On October 12 CrossFit Alpha Pack will hold a Breast Cancer Awareness Work Out of the Day at 5:30 a.m., 8 a.m. 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. On October 14 is Paint it Pink day, people throughout the community are encouraged to where campaign T-shirts or pink in support of Nation Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Also on October 14 there will be a Paint it Pink Wine Tasting from 5- 8 p.m., at the Party Connection.
On October 15 there’s a Paint it Pink 5K Run/Walk, 10K Run, 10K Bike and one mile survivor walk at the SOMC Life Center. Registration for the event starts at 7:30 a.m. Registration can also be achieved at www.tristatecancer.com.
A Paint it Pink Celebrity Softball Game will be played at Branch Rickey Stadium on October 15 at 2 p.m. On October 24 there will be a Pink Out Cooking Class at 7 p.m. at the Patterson Family Farm located at 8019 Hayport Road in Wheelersburg. The cost for the class is $35 a person.
For more information about National Breast Cancer Awareness Month events call 740-356-PINK or visit www.somc.org/pink.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101 ext. 1933 or @WayneallenPDT on Twitter