Central Wisconsin goes pink for breast cancer awareness
WAUSAU (WAOW) -
People in central Wisconsin are doing what they can to help fight breast cancer.
Sandra Morris was diagnosed in 2010. She says the most important thing during her struggle was the support she received, support that's echoed even louder during October -- Breast Cancer Awareness month.
"I went in and had my mammogram and then they asked me to do another one right away," said Morris.
A few weeks later, she'd make a decision that would change her life.
"Because I have a lot of cancer in my family, I went with a double mastectomy," said Morris.
Now, a survivor, Morris is a customer at Pink Ribbon Boutique in Wausau, a store that helps women just like her.
"Having a place to come here and having them help me to get fitted, with the correct prosthesis and the bras that go and anything else in the process is very helpful," said Morris.
Beth Lotz owns the boutique, where they sell bras, prosthesis and even wigs. She says her customers get a boost of self esteem from her products.
"After a woman has undergone that surgery, she's feeling like less of a woman. That totally gives her symmetry and makes her feel whole again," Lotz told Newsline 9.
Pink Boutique isn't the only place helping survivors. This month, Wausau firefighters are sporting pink shirts.
"All the money or proceeds go to local families of women who have survived or are battling breast cancer," said Wausau Firefighter/Paramedic Cody Wiesman.
Firefighters help save lives every day. They say this is just another way to do that.
"I feel good when I’m able to help others, almost the nature of the job," said Wiesman.
Morris says this month shows her just how much people care.
"It makes me very proud that there are other people that respect what we went through and are fighting along with us," said Morris.
If you're interested in buying a pink T-shirt from the Wausau Fire Department, they're on sale at for $15.
All the money goes toward women affected by breast cancer right here in central Wisconsin.