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Bluebonnet goes gold in September and promotes pink in October to support the fight against cancer

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 2020


Left, Bluebonnet’s member service centers are illuminated in pink to bring awareness to breast cancer. Right, Heath Walden, a Bastrop crew supervisor, sports a pink hard hat. (Photos by Sarah Beal)

Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative’s buildings, vehicles and employees are sporting gold during September to support the fight against childhood cancer, and will transition to pink during October to raise awareness of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

This is the third year Bluebonnet has gone gold during September in recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The cooperative’s buildings were illuminated in gold light and its vehicles sported gold decals.

Since 2012, Bluebonnet has dedicated October to National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by bathing its member service centers in pink light, adding pink ribbon decals to its trucks, and donning pink hard hats. Informational handouts and paper pink ribbons with flower seeds embedded in them are available at Bluebonnet’s five member service centers in Bastrop, Brenham, Giddings, Lockhart and Manor.

“The fight against cancer is one that everyone has experienced through a friend, family member or themselves,” said Matt Bentke, Bluebonnet’s general manager. “It’s a disease that affects too many, too often. In recent years several Bluebonnet employees and retirees have succumbed to cancer, and we have current employees who are cancer survivors or who are bravely fighting cancer now. We are proud to support them and be part of the team that will help defeat the disease.”

National nonprofits with helpful information about childhood cancer include the American Childhood Cancer Organization, www.acco.org, the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org, the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, https://nationalpcf.org, or the nearest Ronald McDonald house in your region, www.rmhc.org.

There are many resources available to learn more about breast cancer. For more information, visit the National Cancer Institute’s website at cancer.gov, the American Cancer Society at cancer.org, the American Childhood Cancer Organization at acco.org, CURE Childhood Cancer at curechildhoodcancer.org, or the Susan G. Komen Foundation at komen.org.

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