National Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes every October and this year it holds greater significance for the Waldrop family, marking one year since wife and mother Sharon Waldrop was diagnosed with two forms of the disease.
The news came on Oct. 4, when Sharon was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma, "and then started the roller coaster," her husband, Gerry, said.
Shortly after Sharon's first surgery, an oncologist detected the second form of breast cancer, medullary breast carcinoma. It was detected early, no chemotherapy or radiation was necessary and one year later, Sharon is nearing the end of reconstructive surgery.
Perfect Construction, a Franklin Township-based home remodeling company and employer to two Waldrops, Gerry and his son, Gerald, plans to honor Sharon's successful fight with cancer and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by giving back a portion of its profits to the Susan G. Komen fund. For every sale of $2,500 or more, the company will donate $100 to the cancer foundation in the name of each customer.
"You get to a point where you want to do something more than send flowers, you want to make sure that somebody else doesn't have to go through what (the Waldrop) family went through," said Katie Cunning of Perfect Construction. "Part of why we're doing this is we saw the stress that it would bring upon Gerry when he would walk through the door because it wasn't just Sharon going through it, it was their family."
Bill Perfect, owner of Perfect Construction and a colon cancer survivor, said the idea for the promotion came as a fluke.
Though the letterheads on Perfect Construction's proposals are red, low ink levels caused a printout of Gerry's to give it a pink color, after which the idea clicked.
"Breast Cancer Awareness Month was coming up for October, and I thought this would be a great promotion," Perfect said, adding that all of the company's proposals will be in pink.
It's the first time Perfect Construction is attempting a promotion to benefit a good cause in its 35 years, and Perfect said he hopes its something it can build on in subsequent years.
In a letter, Sharon shared what she learned from her experience.
She cautioned not to ignore potential signs of cancer. If it is found, she recommending seeing an oncologis. If you are diagnosed with cancer, don't feel isolated or alone.
Gerry said that although Sharon's diagnosis was devastating, the journey over the past year has brought the Waldrop family closer and strengthened their Christian faith.
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