Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Light it Pink Day encourages all members of the community to band together and wear pink in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
SOMC has been selling T-Shirts with the Light it Pink logo since the first of this month, with the goal of having thousands of individuals wear the shirts on Friday to show support for those fighting, or who have previously fought cancer. “We had over 11,000 shirts to prepare for the Pink Out 2018, and I’d say we have sold close to 10,000,” said Wendi Waugh, Administrative Director of Cancer Services/Community Health and Wellness at Southern Ohio Medical Center . “But there is still an opportunity to get your pink shirt and participate. If someone has waited until the last minute, the Gift of Hope Boutique here at the Cancer Center still has shirts and they are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., so we encourage people, even if it’s the first thing on Friday morning, that they can stop by and get their shirts.”
Waugh reminds those interested that limited sizes and quantities will be available as the date approaches and that the price is $10.
“One hundred percent of proceeds go towards the SOMC Cancer Compassion Fund and that fund supports patients under active cancer treatment,” said Waugh. Waugh stated that funds raised from the T-shirt sales go towards enrichment for all cancer patients, not just breast patients. “Those patients don’t have to be exclusively breast cancer patients, but that includes lung cancer, colon cancer, or any kind of cancer. The Paint it Pink campaign has grown beyond just supporting breast cancer patients and now supports all cancer patients of the community, and I think that’s important. We’re Pink, because it’s a community effort to support our family, friends, and neighbors,” said Waugh.
All proceeds from the Light it Pink T-Shirt sales benefit the compassion fund, which assists local cancer patients with transportation, medication, wigs, and other costs.