TQL Leader Leads The Way In Fight Against Cancer
Total Quality Logistics Vice President of Sales Gary Carr is one of 26 Tri-State businessmen, community and health leaders fighting against breast cancer as part of Cincinnati’s first Real Men Wear Pink campaign.
Other participants include former Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Dhani Jones, WCPO meteorologist Jason Adams and Dr. O’Dell Owens of the Cincinnati Health Department.
“Real Men Wear Pink is a distinguished group of community leaders raising awareness and funds for this year's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event,” according to the event website. “Real Men Wear Pink of Greater Cincinnati candidates are helping create a world free from the pain and suffering of breast cancer.”
Each participant committed to raise $2,500 for the American Cancer Society during the campaign. Gary eclipsed that figure in 24 hours and quadrupled his personal goal to $10,000.
“Giving back, that’s easy,” he said. “I just have to ask some people for a little money. It’s nothing next to what the women with breast cancer – or anyone with any cancer – goes through.”
As of Oct. 3, Gary led the fundraising campaign with more than $5,400 pledged, which is more than halfway to his goal.
“I want to show my children that if you believe in something you stand up and fight for it,” he said. “This might be a competition, but there are no losers here. We’re all winning by trying to help get rid of this terrible disease.”
Carr has a personal connection to the cause. A cancer survivor himself, Gary lost his sister – former TQL employee Vicki Bausch – to breast cancer in February of 2015.
“I know I’m biased, but she might have been the nicest person ever to walk this planet,” he said. “She came in here every day with a smile on face no matter what she was going through. She was amazing, inspiring.
“This is a stand for some of the community leaders to show we’re with the women – and men; there are male breast cancer survivors doing this, too – out there fighting. It’s for men to go out and represent the women in their lives – mothers, wives, sisters, aunts, daughters, friends, co-workers.”
TQL employees also have the opportunity to support breast cancer initiatives by purchasing Pinktober gear from the company store on The Hub. Twenty percent of all proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
TQL will light its Ivy Pointe headquarters in pink every night Sept. 30 through October 31st in honor of breast cancer awareness. The company will also conduct its annual Loads for a Cure event Oct. 17 to 23, donating a portion of every load moved that week to the American Cancer Society.
TQL and its employees have given more than $160,000 to the American Cancer Society and breast cancer research since 2010.