Toronto Hydro's pink trucks kick off breast cancer awareness month

TORONTO, Oct. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - This past weekend, the employees of Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited ("Toronto Hydro") were accompanied at the CIBC Run for the Cure by a big, pink bucket truck, which launched a month-long campaign to bring awareness to breast cancer.

Mike Carnegie, a supervisor with Toronto Hydro joined the runners with his pink Ford Escape.  He lost his wife Sharon, 17 years ago to inflammatory breast cancer. At the time, their three children were aged three, four and nine months old. Thirty-six years have now passed since he proposed to his high school sweetheart at 16. "I still feel blessed to have had 19 years with my soul mate," he says with a brave smile.

Now, Carnegie does all he can to raise money for the disease and to create a better future for his children - fearful that they may be predisposed to the breast cancer gene.

The utility is encouraging the public to tweet a photo using the hashtag #THpinkpower in support of breast cancer awareness month. Follow us on twitter for updates @torontohydro.

A number of employees have been affected by the disease and Toronto Hydro has long supported the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) and breast cancer research. More than 90 employees, family, and friends participated in this year's CBCF CIBC Run for the Cure and raised over $17,000.

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Image with caption: "Real men wear pink - at least Mike Carnegie thinks so. Carnegie, a Construction and Maintenance Supervisor, stands proudly in front of one of Toronto Hydro's vehicles wrapped in pink to raise awareness of Breast Cancer. He lost his wife Sharon, 17 years ago to inflammatory breast cancer. (CNW Group/Toronto Hydro Corporation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131008_C8176_PHOTO_EN_31829.jpg

SOURCE: Toronto Hydro Corporation

For further information:

Tanya Bruckmueller, Toronto Hydro-Electric System 
Tbruckmueller@torontohydro.com
W: 416-542-2621 
C: 416-903-0440


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