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October 1, 2008 8:13 AM CDT

Lifting Breast Cancer Awareness

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Reach High for the Cure
Reach High for the Cure
When Bud PeCoy decided he wanted to raise awareness about breast cancer, he did it - literally. In fact, he not only raised awareness, he lifted it over 80-feet in the air!

PeCoy, of Mid Country Machinery, a construction equipment dealer and rental company headquartered in Fort Dodge, Iowa, along with partners Mark Swedlund, Lucas Peed and Bob Conaway, were looking to find a way to "give back" to the community when they learned that the wife of one of their customers suffered from breast cancer. Seeing this as a worthwhile cause, they decided to create a breast cancer awareness campaign by purchasing two "special" JLG Model 800S telescoping boom lifts to add to their rental fleet.

While purchasing the 80-foot tall machines was nothing new, PeCoy and company had the machines painted a special pink color at the JLG factory and added custom decals to the boom with their company's "REACH HIGH FOR THE CURE" slogan, and other decals promoting Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists. In addition to painting and decaling the booms to promote breast cancer awareness, Mid Country Machinery also signed an agreement with the Des Moines chapter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure to donate 10% of all income derived from the rental of the machines for the next 54 months, an amount that is expected to total between $25,000 and $30,000 during the life of the agreement.

Because of the current volume of construction activity to build and enlarge existing hospital facilities throughout Iowa, PeCoy plans to send the 80-foot tall pink JLG boom lifts to those sites as often as possible. In fact says PeCoy, "If painting our booms pink and adding decals to support the cause can increase awareness of breast cancer, we may even order more pink booms. Hopefully, this is just the beginning of our contribution."


About the Author

JLG Industries, Inc. is the world’s leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of access equipment. The Company’s diverse product portfolio includes leading brands such as JLG® aerial work platforms; JLG, SkyTrak® and Lull® telehandlers; and an array of complementary accessories that increase the versatility and efficiency of these products. For more information about JLG Industries, Inc., log onto the company website at www.jlg.com.

 

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