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Groups Stamp Concrete Pink for a Cure

Thursday, January 10, 2013

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A coalition of decorative concrete professionals hopes to pour, stain and stamp concrete pink across all 50 states to raise cancer awareness by October 2013.

The Concrete Cares effort seeks to bring together members of the concrete industry to donate in-kind materials, labor and talent to complete public projects featuring pink concrete.

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Concrete Cares

Concrete Cares leaders want to install a pink concrete project in every state in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, in October.

Sounding the Alarm

More than one million people in the United States develop cancer each year, according to the American Cancer Society.

In addition, “about 1 in 8 (12 percent) of women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime,” the ACS reports.

Those statistics are why Concrete Cares leaders—Mike Murray (president of Murray Decorative Concrete Supply Inc., in Shawnee Mission, KS) and Chris Sullivan (vice president, sales and marketing, at ChemSystems Inc., of Houston, TX)—are rallying individuals and businesses nationwide for the pink-concrete push.

So far, Concrete Cares groups have been formed in Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, South Dakota and Colorado, and a number of projects have already been completed.

An Industry that Cares

“The Concrete Industry is Mighty,” according to the Concrete Cares’ December newsletter. “The industry cares about those in pain, suffering, struggling with disease, cancer and medical ailments.”

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Concrete Cares volunteers installed a pink ribbon-stamped plaque for the Avera Race Against Breast Cancer, scheduled for May 11 in Sioux Falls, SD.

“We recognize how those with challenges need everyone’s compassion, prayer and donations to fund research and medical solutions. Placement of decorative concrete draws attention to those needs.”

Concrete Cares says it keeps a database of individuals, suppliers and manufacturers willing to donate materials and time to the projects.

Creating the Pink Piece

Pink concrete projects can be large or small, according to the program’s website.

Suggested projects include an integral colored concrete sidewalk, a stamped logo, a patterned patio, a new stained or stamped entryway inside or outside, the website notes.

Research and medical facilities are especially suitable for this type of project, organizers say, but other high-visibility locations are welcomed. Concrete Cares encourages participants to be creative.

Concrete Cares

A Kansas City, MO, project features an integrally colored faux wood plank concrete patio with antique finish and a stenciled pink ribbon inside a pink circle.

Once the pink project is complete, decorative concrete professionals are invited to submit a project recap to Concrete Cares.

Projects: Race Plaque, Lodge Patio

Many contractors and manufacturers have already joined in the effort.

One recently completed installation features a pink ribbon-stamped plaque to commemorate the 25th Avera Race Against Breast Cancer, scheduled for May 11 in Sioux Falls, SD.

South Dakota Ready Mix Concrete Association, materials producer Concrete Materials, and contractor Brooks Construction joined forces for the project. The volunteer team—clad in bright pink shirts—stamped the pink-colored hardener border, a polyaspartic ribbon with a reflective sand and etched edge, according to project details.

Another project, completed in August 2012, was for the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge in Kansas City, MO. The volunteers installed an outdoor concrete patio for the facility.

The Hope Lodge is a facility where cancer patients and their families stay when traveling to Kansas City for treatment, according to the project description.

The team, comprised of workers from seven very competitive contractors in the area, completed an integrally colored faux wood plank concrete patio with an antique finish.

The project also included a stenciled pink ribbon inside an integrally colored pink circle.

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Tagged categories: Color; Color + Design; Concrete; Concrete coatings and treatments; Concrete stains; Concrete stamping; Decorative concrete; Health and safety; Health Care/Hospitals

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