Komen for the Cure

Pink trash cans fuel breast cancer fight

Posted March 16, 2011
Updated March 18, 2011

— Amy Kindrachuck, of Raleigh, uses weekly garbage pick-up days to help fuel the fight against breast cancer.

“I wanted a bright pink trash can because it’s functional, it’s fashionable and it’s fun,” she said. “It's a great way to let people know you're supporting a great cause and raise awareness about breast cancer.”

Kindrachuck bought her bin from the local nonprofit 1 in 9, whose mission is to raise awareness that one in nine women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lives. Profit from the sale of the cans go directly to help breast cancer patients through treatment.

“I want to see a street full of 1 in 9 trash cans,” said Kevin Rutherford, who works with the nonprofit.

Wake Forest and Raleigh city councils and Wake County officials voted to allow the use of the pink trash cans, but not all towns welcome them. Cary officials said they pick up trash only if it's in a town-provided bin.

The nonprofit and Cary residents hope officials reconsider.

“I think that’s too bad. The more awareness you can get for it, the better things are for people going through it,” said Janis Reilly, a five-year breast cancer survivor who lives in Cary.

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Since Reilly can't keep a pink can by her curb, she's hoping others who can will.

Kindrachuck said she is happy to support the cause.

“I have seen many great strides in medicine, and I'm hoping as my daughter grows up that those strides will continue and we can kick breast cancer to the curb,” she said.

The trash cans come in two sizes. A 96 gallon can, which is the standard size used for most curbside pickup, is $99 and a 64 gallon can, which is being used by some as a recycle container. The group also sells clothing, bumper stickers and blankets.


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  • LuvLivingInCary Mar 22, 2011

    green, then pink. lets make them orange next and associate them with a charity for fallen construction workers. what's next in the sake of money. alot of people getting rich behind the scences off breast cancer awareness and that's sad.

  • Kristen168 Mar 21, 2011

    I will not like seeing those tacky looking trash containers around Raleigh, even if it is for a good cause, as I enjoy natural, and Raleigh is ruined enough as it is. Fact is, I've lost my liking for the color pink because it's being attached to an awful disease. I give, and don't have to be reminded to do it.

  • Glass Half Full Mar 21, 2011

    Wow, what a bunch of generally unhappy folks making comments on this story. I'm getting a 96-gallon cart for my soon-to-be-84 years-old mom, a survivor of inflammatory breast cancer. I think it'll be the perfect birthday present for her. She's my hero. I got my can from 1in9 for $69.99. Since we don't live in Wake County I'm going to pick it up and don't mind a bit. Here's wishing all you crabby folks some sunshine in your lives, you sound like you need it.

  • antb Mar 18, 2011

    You go betsy2! Let everyone know what's going on. I didn't see any questions...just a bunch of negative comments and assumptions from people that had not done the research about the organization.

    Again...well done, betsy2!

  • YoucanthandletheTRUTH Mar 18, 2011

    GOLO, just because my comment is not popular, it is still something that should be posted!
    This type of thing drives me crazy.People buying pink stuff to show off their support of breast cancer research. It is a self-gratifying situation.Obviously, EVERYONE supports research and finding a cure for all cancers but displaying this is just to draw attention to YOU and what YOU do.It does not raise awareness. It simply makes YOU feel good about YOURSELF because you are lacking in other areas or you feel the need to draw attention to yourself.YOU want everyone else to think so highly of YOU and what YOU do in the name of awareness and research. True charity is done when no one else knows about it and you are actually helping a cause.Buying up everything in pink does not do this as enough money is not truly being given to the research and cure part of it all.Want to help?Go to cancer centers and hospitals and volunteer.Just don't forget to wear your pink or no one would know what you did.

  • elliesmom Mar 18, 2011

    betsy2, I think your explanation helps and hopefully some of that will make it to the website. But don't criticize people for asking questions. That is the responsibility of every potential donor or volunteer.

  • betsy2 Mar 17, 2011

    .....criticizing our honest efforts. I'm working 40 hours a week for this mission, with zero pay, zero benefits....... and it's the best job I've ever had! Join us .... to learn more, visit us at www.1in9.com

  • betsy2 Mar 17, 2011

    As the ex. director of this organization, I am proud to be a part of this effort. Yes, 1in9 was started very recently (Oct.2010)...just 2 weeks after my dearest friend was diagnosed with breast cancer herself in October. She and her husband were overwhelmed by their family, friend, church and community support. They also personally witnessed MANY women facing this battle totally alone or with no financial resources to afford their care. 1in9 was born - no gimmicks, no scams. Just a bunch of friends trying to make a difference in women's lives - many of whom we will never even meet. We welcome your help! We will accept any and all donations to help pay for a hotel room when someone is sleeping in a car during her treatments because she can afford nothing else! We welcome volunteers to help us drive ladies without cars to radiation for 6 weeks! Donate diapers or grocery store cards! We are small, young and relatively unknown.... but we are truly making a huge impact ! Join us instead of

  • betsy2 Mar 17, 2011

    To clarify the facts about the pink trashcans - they cost $69.99 for the 96 gallon size. They are industry-standard size and quality, not a lesser quality product. 100% of our profits goes to the UNC patients.... we have zero profit, and gain nothing other than the ability to help out people in need. Actually, we are delivering most of the cans in Wake County for FREE ! In addition to raising funds with the can, we are hoping to get our 1in9 name out into the community.... and therefore raise more money and attract more sponsors. As for the PINK, I personally love it, but that is entirely a personal preference.

  • betsy2 Mar 17, 2011

    I am the ex. director of 1in9. There seems to be a lot of misconceptions about our organization, our mission and our utilization of the pink trashcans. We are a non-profit organization in Wake County and we are staffed entirely by volunteers. The UNC Cancer Center has partnered with us, and the social workers/counselors/ nurses at UNC identify the women in financial crisis and refer them to us. The UNC hospital is the only state comprehensive cancer center and they treat the majority of the women in NC who are either uninsured or under-insured. We carry as many women on our caseload as we can afford to.... and that number is entirely determined by corporate donations, private donors, and the sales of merchandise including the pink trash cans. 100% of the profits from these sales, as well as the donations are directly and immediately distributed to our clients at UNC. No paperwork, no redtape... just immediate relief for these ladies.