Stuart’s Roosevelt Bridge Turns Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness Month
As they fight for their lives, those battling breast cancer frequently look to others for encouragement and support.
Now, Martin County cancer fighters and survivors can look up, too.
A local business and law enforcement teamed up to shine a light on the cause during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Since 2011, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Martin County and the American Cancer Society have lit the Roosevelt Bridge with pink lights. The effort suffered a setback last October when Hurricane Matthew blew away many of the pink lenses covering the bridge lights.
This year, Stuart Jet Center and the family of Stuart Magazine’s publisher Kim Capen sponsored the new lenses.
“We all know someone who’s battled cancer, and we can easily imagine how difficult, and isolating, it must be,” says Dan Capen, president of Stuart Jet Center. “Driving by, seeing the bridge lit up in pink, it’s a way to give some hope to those who are fighting the disease, and let them know that their community remembers them, supports them and has them in our prayers.”
With most of the bridge’s 60-plus lights reachable only by boat, marine units from Stuart Police and Martin County Sherriff’s Office conducted the installation.
“This is a cause that’s very close to my heart,” says Stuart Police Chief David Dyess. “My wife is a breast cancer survivor, so I have personal experience with how trying this disease is, and how much determination and courage it takes to deal with it. Whatever we can do to show our support for those fighting this fight, we’re more than happy to do so.”
The lenses, created by Signarama in Stuart, will remain on the bridge until mid-November. At 7 a.m. on Oct. 28, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Martin County walk will take place at Memorial Park in downtown Stuart.
Photo courtesy of Kayla Washington