By Debi McLendon
Farm Press Editorial Intern
October is not just the month for Sunbelt Ag Expo; it’s also National Breast Cancer Aware- ness month. Reinke Manufacturing is raising awareness and collecting donations to help
fight the disease and find a cure.
Mike Mills, Southeast territory manager for the
Nebraska-based company, says the effort is Reinke’s
way to give back to their customer base.
Breast cancer knows no bounds. It is a “
socioeconomic” disease that attacks both rural and urban
Reinke began the campaign, “Finding a Cure is
PIVOTal,” five years ago at Sunbelt Expo. Expo visitors
are encouraged to look for the giant bright pink tires
on the center pivot irrigation systems on the Expo
Each year, Reinke donates catchy T-shirts which can be bought for
$10, and 100 percent of the proceeds go directly to “ 26. 2 with DONNA,”
a non-profit organization dedicated to breast cancer research. “ 26. 2
with DONNA” organizes the only marathon in the U.S. that coordinates
major events not only to raise awareness for breast cancer, but also to
send money toward research for a cure for the disease and at the same
time provide support for women living with the dreaded disease.
Colquitt Regional Medical Center will have volunteers at the
Reinke booth throughout the Expo. Hospital representatives will answer questions visitors may have regarding early detection and information about breast cancer.
A PROUD PAR TNERSHIP
Mills says Reinke is “proud to partner with ’ 26. 2 with DONNA’ to help
create awareness of this terrible disease,” combining a common love
of agriculture with raising awareness about a disease that has devastated so many lives across America.
Reinke has invested over $100,000 in irrigation equipment and
buildings at the Expo and on the Expo farm. Mills says the company
will continue to “turn our display pink — with pink tires on the center
pivots — and to continue to do the socially responsible thing: help
increase awareness of this disease.”
A few facts about breast cancer in the U.S.:
■ One in eight women will be diagnosed in her lifetime.
■ It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women.
■ Each year an estimated 230,000 women will be diagnosed and
over 40,000 will die.
■ Although rare in men, approximately 2,350 men will be diagnosed and about 440 will die.
■ There are 2. 9 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. today.
Come to the pink-tired booth to join Reinke Manufacturing in the
fight against breast cancer.
Reinke: Finding a cure for breast cancer
is PIVOTal—and you can help!
Reinke Manufacturing and Sunbelt staff, photo above, pose with a check for $4,057 that was raised at the 2015
Sunbelt Expo to contribute to the fight against breast cancer.
October is National Breast Cancer
Awareness Month. Please join the fight
to conquer this disease!
Farm Bureau proud
Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) is the voice of agriculture across our state. Our promise is to represent the interests of farmers in the
state legislature, raise agricultural awareness and
produce high-quality Georgia grown commodities.
Gerald Long (pictured) is the 13th GFB president
and is a diversified farmer from Decatur County.