Laurel Police cruiser 378 immediately caught my eye. Its normally blue striping was now bright pink. Upon closer inspection, it was hard to miss the breast cancer awareness ribbons on the sides and hood of the vehicle. My memory now jogged, I remembered October is "Breast Cancer Awareness" month.
On Oct. 1, Mayor Craig Moe issued a city proclamation, joining countless thousands of other municipalities, to raise awareness of the disease. The Mayor encouraged citizens to wear pink ribbons, a symbol of hope, in honor of the women and men who are fighting, or have lost their lives to, this dreaded malady.
Often thought of as a "women only disease," about 2,000 American males are diagnosed annually with the illness, most in their sixties and seventies.
It's never too late to show support to those who are at the head of the line in this battle. Real men wear pink!
A fundraiser was held several weeks ago to benefit the American Cancer Society, in the name of "Team Eric." Old Town landscaper Eric Worman is currently waging a battle against colon cancer. Guided by their mother, Draga, his daughters, Erika, age 9, and Eva, age 5, started the team this spring. With the help of some of Draga's girlfriends, and through the sale of Team Eric T-shirts, wristbands and cancer awareness jewelry, some of which was made by his daughters and his wife's friends, Team Eric raised $5,000.
The new fundraising season to benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life started in September, and will run until Aug. 31, 2014. If you have an interest in joining Team Eric, email me at OldTownLaurelColumn@yahoo.com and I will send you the link.
Riley Horn is near achieving his goal of becoming an Eagle Scout with local Troop 1250. He must first complete his project to construct an area at the Little Leagues Baseball field on the grounds of American Legion, Post 60, to store "diamond field mix." It is a mixture of different soils used on areas of athletic play, which assures proper drainage.
To assist in raising the needed funds for Riley's project, Tampico Grill, 42 Washington Blvd., is hosting a fundraiser today until 10 p.m. to aid in the completion of Riley's project. A portion of your check will be donated to the cause. While ordering, mention that the sales are to benefit "Riley Horn's Eagle Scout Project."
The Sons of the American Legion, Post 60 recently sponsored a "Boy Scout Merit Badge Day." More than 100 Cub and Boy Scouts attended, with the goal of earning a variety of badges. According to Squadron Cmdr. Joe Lohman, the day's events were followed by dinner in the Legion hall, an indoor skit program and music.
Laurel Senior Friendship Club is hosting a craft/bake sale Sat., Oct. 19, 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center, 7120 Contee Road. Snack bar available.