Transit marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month

ASHEVILLE – Asheville Transit drivers proudly wore pink on Oct. 21 – either a shirt, a pin or a ribbon – to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to reflect on a disease that affects about 1 in 8 women in the United States over the course of a lifetime.

Doors to the buses featured a Susan G. Komen for the Cure decal and each of the columns outside the Transit Center on Coxe Avenue was adorned with a pink ribbon.

“We wanted to do something to highlight this disease, which affects so many women and their families,” said Transit General Manager Norman Schenck. “Even raising a little more awareness is a good thing.”

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers, according to the American Cancer Society. It is also the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer.

Schenck was very pleased with his staff’s enthusiasm on Friday morning.

“I haven’t see a driver yet without a pin or a pink shirt.”

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