GRAFTON — Landscapers cutting grass in pink T-shirts is not the norm, but for this month — breast cancer awareness month — field workers with Southwest Landscape Management will don the color synonymous with the woman’s disease.
If you see them, you should take a picture.
Greg Taylor, the company’s operations manager, said he really hopes people will take pictures and lots of them because for every photo uploaded to the company’s Facebook page, a $5 donation to the Susan G. Komen Foundation will be made.
“We’re hoping this really takes off because we know a lot of people see us,” Taylor said. “We are a commercial landscape maintenance company that is everywhere from Costco in Avon to a retirement facility in Middleburg Heights. We stretch as far west as Amherst, east as Brecksville and everywhere in between.”
Knowing the money will toward women’s health, Taylor said, most employees have been good about wearing the shirts.
“But you know there were a couple of guys that are sort of manly and didn’t want to wear the pink T-shirts,” he said. “We just let them know it’s not an option. We are doing this for a good cause.”
This is the first time Southwest has fundraised for breast cancer. A year ago, workers volunteered their time on Gates Avenue during the "Building Better Neighborhoods" project sponsored by WEWS NewsChannel 5, the city of Elyria and a bunch of local organizations.
“But it has us thinking. Maybe next year we can do a race or walk,” Taylor said.