By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor
West Boylston – Throughout the month of October, pink ribbons representing breast cancer and support are seemingly everywhere. They are even on the specially designed pink t-shirts of the 14 McCarthy’s Landscaping and Irrigation employees. The team has a very special reason to be proudly wearing pink this October – they are honoring the company’s co-owner Sue McCarthy, who is a breast cancer survivor.
Sue, who owns the West Boylston-based company with her husband Roger, was only 40 when she was diagnosed.
“She detected something herself and knew something wasn’t right, so she kept pushing her doctors,” Roger said. “Because it was found so early she only had to go for radiation and then was on tamoxifen for five years. She has now been cancer-free for 14 years.
“But we know not everyone is that lucky,” he added. “That’s why our employees supported [wearing pink shirts.] Everyone knows someone who has been affected by this terrible disease, whether they won the battle or unfortunately succumbed to it. We actually have a dear friend who is battling it right now. So we just want to show our support for all of those affected.”
The company has also put pink ribbons on all of their trucks. They will also be making a donation to an organization supporting breast cancer awareness at the end of the month.
“Our customers were surprised at first but it put a smile on their face and they think it’s great the guys are wearing these shirts,” Roger said. “The more support we can get for awareness and early detection, the better.”