Let’s wear pink

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  • By Mrs. Evelyn Mickles
  • 301st Fighter Wing Judge Advocate legal assistant

It is hard for a family to experience the shock and devastation of breast cancer. The first thoughts are usually fearful... and then comes the feeling of helplessness. Fearing that their loved one(s) will die and not knowing what to do... adds heaviness to those moments.  

October is/was Breast Cancer Awareness month which brings thoughts of those who have dealt with the aftermath of this disease. To celebrate the victories and the pain, the 301st Fighter Wing wore pink on Wednesdays during the month of October. We created “Pink Out” to show respect and honor to those who are devastated every day by the reality of breast cancer.

The American Cancer Society reported that, “breast cancer death rate is down 35%” which means more women are getting mammograms. This is good news! Another means of detection is regular breast self-exam, which is equally important. 

"Pink Out" has stretched across America with family and friends in Arkansas, New York and Ohio. The smiles and excitement on the faces of everyone involved in this great honor shows our organization’s cohesiveness and hopefully serves as an example for others to follow.

It may be small but it has a rippling effect felt throughout the organization as it connects us as we honor them and their families. Thank you to our wing leadership and to every “Pink Out” 301st member, both military and civilian, for participating in this with us.

So let’s wear pink, not only during the month, but for the rest of our lives. We only get to be here once. If we can do something good for anyone… then we are pink!

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