Klosterman’s Baking Company gets in the spirit of the fight for breast cancer during the month of October. When purchasing one of the specially marked, pink bagged breads, Klosterman will donate to the areas favorite breast cancer supporters, “The Pink Ribbon Girls” in Dayton and Cincinnati. It is good to know that the donations will benefit people we know in the community.
“We were excited to support such an important and meaningful cause and to see the success that comes from our efforts is very fulfilling,” said Kim Klosterman, CEO, Klosterman Baking Company. “We hope to continue sharing the importance of breast cancer awareness, healthy living and nutrition for women through this campaign by selling Pink Ribbon Loaves.”
This is the second year for the family owned, a Cincinnati company, Klosterman Baking Company’s support of breast cancer with the Pink Loaves and second year supporting The Pink Ribbon Girls. Now, until the end of October, the proceeds raised from the Pink Loaf campaign aim to help The Pink Ribbon Girls launch new educational and support efforts to expand women’s knowledge of breast cancer. For women in the United States, death rates from breast cancer are higher than any other cancer and one in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.
The Pink Ribbon Girls is an organization built by two cancer survivors, Tracie Metzger and Heather Salazar, and provides support to breast cancer patients, survivors, and families. They provide education and outreach programs. No women should ever feel alone when battling something that is known to so many other women.
“It is great to see companies such as Klosterman Baking Company get involved with important causes and we are thrilled to partner with them for the Pink Ribbon Loaves donation campaign,” shared Tracie Metzger, Founder/Director of Development of the Pink Ribbon Girls. “Support like this is vital to expanding our efforts and reaching the younger community of women that need education on Breast Cancer Awareness.”
Tracie Metzger, Founder of Pink Ribbon Girls and Director of Development, was 30 yrs. old when diagnosed with breast cancer. She was a young mother of two. After discontinuing from breast feeding her daughter, she found a lump in her breast after a self-breast exam. The doctors felt it might be a clogged milk duct. When the doctors wanted her to wait, she insisted on surgery. When the lump was removed, it was determined to be malignant. She has been a survivor since 2000.
Heather Salazar, Executive Director of The Pink Ribbon Girls, was touched by cancer in two different ways. First, while caring for a young woman, Alexis, who was nearing the end of her battle with Stage IV breast cancer needed a home for her baby girl, Lexi. Her and her family decided to adapt Lexi and raise her as their own. Alexis died one year later at the young age 24. Two years later, with no family history, Heather was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 31. Heather has been a cancer survivor since 2005.
Tracie and Heather joined together after realizing support groups in the area were far from between. Their motto has become, “We Survive. We Grow. We Live. We Inspire. We Educate.”
Help save our areas mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts, grandmothers, friends that may be touched by this horrible disease. Let’s join together and fight the disease as a community.
Pick up your Pink Ribbon Loaves today!