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UPDATED: Burbank Water and Power crews go pink for October

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City  G -- Burbank Water and Power crew seen wearing pink hard hats on West Olive Avenue near South Brighton Street Burbank October 7, 2014

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G — Burbank Water and Power crew seen wearing pink hard hats on West Olive Avenue near South Brighton Street Burbank October 7, 2014

Burbank Water and Power crews are wearing pink hard hats to draw attention to October as National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death for women. Each year, it is estimated that over 220,000 women in this country will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.

However, many believe breast cancer is only a female disease. It’s not. Annually, around 2,190 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 410 will die, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Regular breast self-exams are recommended for both men and women.  Early detection is a major key to survival for everyone. More on the disease and the fight against it here.

Meanwhile, the Burbank Water and Power crews will be wearing their pink hard hats through the end of the month,  public information officer Joe Flores told me in an email. You would think there would be some resistant from some of the guys to wearing pink, but Flores says they embraced the ideas with a lot of enthusiasm: ” The crew members not only rallied to wear the hard hats but all have pink stickers to show they made a donation. Office personnel are also showing support and making donations signified by pink bracelets. Our labor bargaining groups, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Burbank Management Association (BMA), and Burbank City Employee Association are also planning to give a donation.  All donations will be going to Susan G. Koman for the Cure.”

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