Arlington Heights, Illinois (RestaurantNews.com) “I have breast cancer.”
When Jake Taylor, owner of Quality Chef Coats, Etc., heard these words from his older sister in May of this year, he immediately thought two things: The first was that he must have misheard, that it couldn’t be true.
“My second thought was, ‘What can I do? What can I do for her?’ It was awful,” he said. “I’m one of six kids, and my sister is the matriarch of my family. She’s always been there for the rest of us. Whenever any of us have a problem, she’s always been the lighthouse, guiding us to safety. I can’t get rid of her cancer, but I can help in other ways.”
One of those ways is by pledging ten percent of his company’s sales in the month of October to the American Cancer Society. “Any product we sell,” he said, “whether it’s a waist apron or an Egyptian cotton chef coat, ten percent goes to fighting cancer. And that’s on all sales through 11:59 PM Central time on October 31st of this year.”
A back injury prevents him from walking in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, but Taylor has found additional ways to support his sister. “When she determined that she would have to shave her head, I had my head shaved and went with her to her appointment. When she was overheating as a result of chemotherapy, I gave her some of the lightweight beanies and caps that we sell, and one of our mesh-back utility shirts.”
But that wasn’t enough. “I can give my sister all of the support that I can, but that’s not making strides against a disease that touches almost every family. I can’t do that personally, but my business can.”
The American Cancer Society’s website, http://www.cancer.org, has the following statistics:
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer.
The chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer some time during her life is a little less 1 in 8. The chance of dying from breast cancer is about 1 in 35. Breast cancer death rates have been going down. This is probably the result of finding the cancer earlier and better treatment. Right now there are more than 2½ million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
Quality Chef Coats, Etc. distributes culinary clothing to businesses and individuals in the United States. To learn more, please visit http://www.qualitychefcoatsetc.com.
Jake Taylor, Owner