The powers that be in Tehachapi are talking about painting the town pink to observe October’s being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it occurs to this Maderan that a similar gesture might not be such a bad idea for our town, too.
It’s a little late to think about painting the town pink now, with half of the month almost gone, but in the future it might not be a bad idea to have some pink signs made and put them up all over the city, sort of like the Love Madera signs which one spots in yards all over town now. The signs could be about the same size, but just be a pink rectangle — no words. Imagine the sight of dozens of those signs on every street, reminding us of the month’s significance and of the fight against breast cancer.
The Love Madera signs remind us of the church-sponsored programs to help others and spruce up the town. The pink rectangles could remind us of the importance of early detection of breast cancer and obtaining proper care.
This is a town that gets its juices flowing where the fight against cancer is concerned.
In May boulevards of the city were festooned in purple ribbons to remind us of the Relay for Life, an event that is phenomenally successful for a city our size. Maybe there would be a way a think-pink campaign or Paint Madera Pink effort could raise money for Relay for Life. Maybe selling the signs for people to put in their yards could do that.
We’re just noodling here, of course. A lot of you may have better ideas than that about trying to help the victims of breast cancer. If you do, write a letter to the editor or phone the Red Line. We’ll do our best to get your idea out there.