More Than Pink: Komen’s Community Pillar

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Employees at Les Schwab wear pink every Friday to support Susan G. Komen and raise breast cancer awareness

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Every year, more than 1 million people walk or run in Susan G. Komen events to support patients and their families, raise awareness and fundraise for the foundation.

This year, the More Than Pink Walk on Sept. 22 will celebrate those supporters with the “Community Pillar” and one local business is especially passionate about promoting the cause.

Employees at Les Schwab are wearing pink to support Susan G. Komen every Friday. It gets their customers asking questions.

For store manager Travis Vanderhoof, the cause carries personal weight. His mom was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. Doctors discovered 2 lumps when she decided to have a mammogram after skipping the routine checkup 2 years in a row.

Les Schwab store manager Travis Vanderhoof, Sept. 14, 2019. (KOIN)

“She went through 6 months of chemotherapy,” Vanderhoof told KOIN 6 News. “She had 5 weeks straight of daily radiation and I’m happy to say — as of June, she’s been cancer-free for an entire year.”

Vanderhoof said he’s now on a mission to inform and educate others.

“You know, that’s a terrible phone call for anybody to get: that you know that your mom has cancer,” he said. “So it’s really important to me to be able to help draw awareness to these things.”

The More Than Pink Walk is Sept. 22 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park at 9 a.m.

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