The Crew aboard the USS Sampson has incorporated the color pink into the Uniform of the Day for the month of October. While working aboard in coveralls, the crew is authorized to wear pink command ball caps in honor of this year’s 27th
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NCAMB). The caps were sold to raise money in support of the cause.
This fundraiser was initiated by the Chief’s Mess upon discovering the idea from one of their own. GSEC (SW) Rubio had 24 pink navy ball caps made for his own family as a way of showing support for his sister who was diagnosed with breast cancer.
The Sailors bought five hundred ball caps in support of the cause. Many of the Sailors gave them to their wives, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, cousins, and friends who have been affected by breast cancer.
On October 2, the Sailors don the pink caps and muster on the forecastle to present a $2,500.00 check to Laura Farmer, a representative of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, one of the most renowned Breast Cancer Research and Awareness organizations in the country. Every year, the organization host seminars, walks, and runs to raise funds and awareness for the cause. Everyone can get involved in the mission to inform, educate, prevent, and treat breast cancer.
No one expects that breast cancer could be cured with a single donation, but the crew aboard the USS Sampson hopes to inspire others to get involved. Every little bit goes a long way.