People in the Waterman, Illinois, community were seeing pink this October thanks to the team at Monsanto’s Waterman Seed Production site. All month long, employees have been selling pink hardhats and t-shirts to area farmers and harvest truck drivers in Rock Falls to promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To date, the team has sold more than 100 hardhats and 400 T-shirts, and raised more than $5,000 for the Cancer Center at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.
The money raised was presented to the Cancer Center at Kishwaukee Community Hospital during a ceremony on Friday, Oct. 26 at 10 a.m.
“Our initial goal was to raise $1,000 by selling pink hardhats,” said Sherry Uhrich, Waterman site nurse. “We were hoping our employees would purchase them as a way to show our support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Then, a co-worker suggested we make t-shirts, too, and before we knew it, we had blown our goal out of the water.”
The Kishwaukee Health Foundation has established two funds in which the proceeds from the hardhat and t-shirt sales will be split. Both funds benefit the Cancer Center; one fund will subsidize breast cancer support programs and the other will help to offset costs associated with cancer treatments for low-income individuals.
“As the occupational health nurse here on site, I am always trying to engage everyone in healthy activities,” Uhrich said. “This was a great way to bring awareness to a worthy health cause and to give back to the community where we live and work. I hope to continue a strong partnership with the Cancer Center in the future.”