On Saturday, May 18thwe will be raising money for the American Cancer Society with our 1stannual “Smash Cancer with SET”. We are hoping to make it an annual thing, if it all goes well.
We were fortunate that we had a van available (that was on its way to be destroyed) to use for this event. We received tires (that were donated by County Line Tires in Powhatan) so that we can roll this van up and down on a car carrier to get it to SET Cleaning for the car smash.
Last week on Tuesday, Jenny, our Client Success Coordinator, her son, Hunter, and I cleaned the van as best as we could (it had been sitting out in the woods for the last 20 years and was extremely dirty). Surprisingly, it didn’t take much elbow grease to get it clean. I’m happy about that.
We had an awesome time this past weekend painting the van. Jenny and I were joined by Michelle, Helen and Sheila. At first, we had to cover up all the old logo, lettering and phone numbers. That was actually the easy part. Next, we took our stencils and different colored spray paints and spray painted different size cancer ribbons all around the vehicle. (See additional pictures below).
We have partnered with Cleaning for a Reason for over 8 years now and have cleaned over 120 houses for free for cancer patients going through treatment. Until we started this project, we did not realize that there are different colors for all of the different cancers. We knew “Pink” was for Breast Cancer but that was about it. The following are the colors for the most common types of cancer:
- Lung Cancer White
- Brain Cancer Grey
- Breast Cancer Pink
- Liver Cancer Emerald Green
- Lymphoma Lime Green
- Prostate Cancer Light Blue
- Stomach Cancer Periwinkle
- Bone Cancer Yellow
- Leukemia Orange
- Colon Cancer Dark Blue
The one color that apparently represents all cancers & cancer survivors is lavender or purple. So, if you are wondering why so many different colored ribbons are on the van, that is why.
The main reasons we are doing this fund raiser are:
- We have all lost family members, friends or coworkers to cancer. We are trying to raise money for the American Cancer Society so that they can someday (hopefully in the near future), find a cure for cancer.
- SET Cleaning wants to encourage their employees to get involved in more charity work as it is a disease that has affected all of our employees either because of family members, friends or some of their customers they clean for. One of our employees fought Juvenile Leukemia when she was very young.
- We want to raise awareness in the community about an upcoming Relay for Life event that is happening in June in Powhatan. Information will be distributed at the Smash Cancer with SET event.
We want to encourage all our customers, people in our communities and all of our employees, their friends and family to come over to the SET Cleaning office during the week of May 13ththrough the 17thand write a name of a loved one on one of the ribbons on the van who either died of this dreadful disease or are fighting it for a donation of $1.
On Saturday, May 18thbetween 10 am and 3 pm we will have the Smash Cancer with SET at the SET Cleaning office located at 2927 Anderson Highway, Powhatan. Everyone will have the opportunity to take their cancer frustrations out on the Cancer mobile. For the following donations, each participant will get:
$5 = 1 swing
$10 = 3 swings
$20 = 3 swings & a tee-shirt
We will have other gifts for participants. We will be selling hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and sodas. All proceeds will be given to the American Cancer Society.
This will be a fun event for all that take part. How many opportunities do you get in life to be able to totally destroy a car and not get in trouble for it?
Only this past weekend, I went to the wake of a good friend, Michael Hess, who died of throat cancer. We need to find a cure!
For additional information or questions, please contact us at 804-598-1005 ext. 101.