In Raleigh, North Carolina, there are a whole lot more construction workers wearing pink thanks to Balfour Beatty. For the past several years, our team has held “Pink Out” events at local jobsites such as the Raleigh-Durham International Airport and Apex Friendship High School for Wake County Schools to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The events have been about much more than thinking or wearing pink. With generous subcontractor support, our team has been able to make a lasting difference in the fight against breast and other women’s cancers. Over the past two years, our team, with generous subcontractor support, has raised more than $20,000 to benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
Founded in 2007, this Raleigh-based non-profit organization holds special meaning for many at Balfour Beatty and members of the Triad/Triangle communities. Kay Yow, former North Carolina State University head women’s basketball coach, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 and passed away in 2009 after facing her third bout with the disease. Before her death, Kay joined forces with the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and The V Foundation for Cancer Research to form the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
“What an extraordinary event to honor Coach Yow and help to carry out her mission of supporting women’s cancer research and assisting the underserved,” praises Susan Donohoe, executive director of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
The success of Balfour Beatty’s Pink Out events has, in part, been made possible through the hard work and diligent planning of project manager, Chad Humphrey. Inspired by the NFL’s Crucial Catch campaign, Chad had the vision for the initial Pink Out event. With Chad’s passion and perseverance, it wasn’t long before our entire team was inspired to action, ensuring this annual event will become a beloved tradition for many years to come.
“I’m really proud of the way our collective construction family in Raleigh rallied around this important cause,” says Chad. “Everyone has been touched by breast cancer or just cancer period in some way or another. So going forward, we’re not going to just think pink. We’re going to think big and dream big about the difference we can make.”
When you see that signature color fill stores and football fields every October, don’t be surprised to also find it prominently displayed on Balfour Beatty jobsites, where real men and women proudly and passionately wear pink.