Busi­ness to be painted pink

The Covington News - - BUSINESS - DANIELLE EVER­SON de­v­er­son@cov­news.com sub­mit­ted photo/the Cov­ing­ton News

National Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Month is less than a week away, and one busi­ness has plans to raise at­ten­tion to the cause in a very rosy way. The Ad­vanced Re­tire­ment Plan­ning build­ing, at 6140 Han­nah St., will be painted pink.

Brian Byars, owner of ARP in Cov­ing­ton, said the busi­ness will be painted some­time this week and will re­main pink through­out Oc­to­ber, which is Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Month.

“We wanted to make sure that peo­ple re­mem­bered what the pink rib­bons are about, and we want to make sure peo­ple re­mem­bered what the month is ded­i­cated to­ward,” Byars said.

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The Ad­vanced Re­tire­ment Plan­ning build­ing will be painted pink in recog­ni­tion of National Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Month. cial and re­tire­ment plan­ning. Byars said, “About 90 per­cent or more of our busi­ness is all re­fer­ral-based. So … we are do­nat­ing $25 for ev­ery new client (in Oc­to­ber) for breast can­cer re­search,” he said.

In ad­di­tion, Byars said, the busi­ness will also raise money through its Face­book page — for ev­ery “Like” ARP re­ceives the busi­ness will do­nate a cou­ple of dollars — and will host some pri­vate func­tions where do­na­tions will be made.

“I’m only 40, and I had a class­mate who was di­ag­nosed with Stage IV breast can­cer and I re­al­ized peo­ple of all ages can be di­ag­nosed with can­cer,’’ Byars said. “But you look at some­one the same age as you and you feel like you’re still young and they’re suf­fer­ing from this — it re­ally kind of brings it home.”

Byars said the busi­ness will hold a rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mony Mon­day to kick off its pink month.

Ex­perts from area hos­pi­tals will be on hand to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion about breast can­cer and dis­cuss ways the com­mu­nity can get in­volved.

“We hope that the ex­pense we in­cur in ba­si­cally paint­ing our busi­ness twice — if it’ll get some­body to go get tested and to get an early di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment, then it’s worth ev­ery penny of it,” Byars said.

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