(Kensington, Maryland) — You can stand up against breast cancer simply by sitting down—in a specially designated “TLPA Pink Ride to benefit the American Cancer Society” vehicle operated by Barwood Taxi. The pink taxi will be parked on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for the Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on Saturday, October 29.
For the entire month of October, Barwood Taxi has painted one of its vehicles pink, and will contribute $100 each week to the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer program to help raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer. Additionally, Barwood will put pink ribbon decals on another 100 vehicles to help raise awareness in the fight against breast cancer. There is no additional cost to passengers, and drivers are not allowed to accept donations.
However, passengers can make a $10 donation directly to the American Cancer Society. The passenger will simply text PINK to 41518, to have a donation of $10.00 added to the passenger’s next cell phone bill, or passengers may also make secure, online donations with a credit card at a special web site created by the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org/PinkRide. Visit www.stridesdc.org for more information on Making Strides in D.C.
The effort is part of the second annual international TLPA Pink Ride to benefit the American Cancer Society spearheaded by the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA) a global association of for-hire vehicle fleet owners representing more than 1,100 companies.
“We have a large presence on the road and this is a way to use that presence to increase awareness about breast cancer,” Barwood President and Chief Executive Officer, Lee Barnes says. “It’s not just about raising money, although every dollar helps. My hope is others are encouraged and motivated to get involved by our example.”
Hundreds of taxicabs, limousines and paratransit vehicles around the world will participate in TLPA Pink Ride to benefit the American Cancer Society initiated by TLPA, the world’s largest and oldest professional association of for-hire vehicle fleet operators.
“Our members represent 100,000 vehicles on the road today, so we already have a tremendous presence and visibility out there in the public, all across America and, in fact, around the world,” said TLPA CEO Alfred LaGasse. “For the second year in a row, we’re encouraging our members to harness that visibility to make a difference. We hope for a lot of participation among our members.
Established in 1917, the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA) is a non-profit trade association of and for the private passenger transportation industry. Its extensive membership spans the globe to include more than1,100 taxicab companies, executive sedan and limousine services, airport shuttle fleets, non-emergency medical transportation companies, and paratransit services. For more information, please visit www.tlpa.org.
About Barwood Taxi
Barwood, Inc. has a fleet of 475 taxis, including wheelchair accessible vehicles. The company handles over 4,000 calls a day and 1.2 million trips annually
About The American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in Americawho have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.