Friends and I met at Cactus in Madison Park a few weeks ago to celebrate with our girlfriend, Diane Langstraat, a breast cancer survivor. Our group of friends call ourselves "Team Diane" because we united two years ago to support our her.
With her team, Diane and I completed the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk in Seattle two years ago. She did it only a week after she had completed five months of chemotherapy and she went into surgery the very next day. Diane was the largest single fundraiser for Seattle that year - she is amazing. The following year, we organized a large cheer station in Madison Park for the 3-day and this year Diane completed the 3-Day Walk in San Francisco. We met at Cactus before she left to celebrate her survival and her continued fight for the cure.
I had asked the hostess at Cactus to help me by serving the team pink margaritas upon our arrival. Their staff went above and beyond and created a new pink margarita! What a blessing - Diane was moved. We drank them throughout the evening and were inspired to ask for Pink Margaritas on the menu for the month of October - Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
I contacted the owner, Bret Chatalus, the following day and he agreed! All month they are including the *Think Pink Margarita* in honor of Diane Langstraat on the menus of each of their locations (Madison Park, Alki, and downtown Kirkland). A portion of the proceeds will go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
It is such a wonderful way to pull the local community together while raising awareness for breast cancer and breast cancer research. So, why not ask more restaurants to join in, right? Enter, Bobby Mitchell, who owns Hamburger Harry's in Edmonds. He agreed to create a Pink Drink in honor of another friend, Mary Reidy, a breast cancer survivor in my neighborhood! Hamburger Harry's is donating one dollar to Susan G. Komen for the Cure for each Ta-ta-tini purchased in the month of October. This Pink Drink was also created just for this great cause!
Finally, Tapatio in Factoria is participating as well. They are donating one dollar for every Pink Margarita and Pink Lady martini purchased in the month of October. In addition, they will match those donations dollar for dollar! All of this is in honor of local breast cancer survivors.
The participation of these establishments brings hope to those fighting for a cure. It also energizes locals who want to contribute in some way. It builds community. I hope this story inspires others to ask their local restaurants to add a Pink Drink to their menu in honor of a loved one. I hope it inspires others to head down to these places and Drink Smart - Choose Pink.
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