‘Kans for the Kure’ Bottle Drive raises dollars and awareness

‘Kans for the Kure’ Bottle Drive raises dollars and awarenessLast Wednesday, at Taylor Garbage in Vestal, funds raised from the 'Kans for the Kure' were presented to Mary and Gordy Shiner, parents of the late Traci Gibson. The money will go toward Traci's Hope, a non-profit organization established by Gibson during her battle with breast cancer that continues to help men and women who are fighting the disease in Broome, Bradford, Susquehanna and Tioga Counties. (Provided Photo)

October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Taylor Garbage joined forces with a local man with a personal reason to fight against the disease. 

An Owego couple was handed a life-altering diagnosis in May, when Jocelyn Kline was informed she had breast cancer. Traci’s Hope, a local non-profit organization established to aid women who are suffering from breast cancer, stepped in to help Jocelyn and her husband, Ryan, in their time of need. Fortunately, Jocelyn’s prognosis is positive; she’s expected to have her final treatment later this month. 

Touched by the support of Traci’s Hope, Ryan was inspired to pay it forward, and the idea of ‘Kans for the Kure’ bottle drive was born. He reached out to Taylor Garbage, who eagerly agreed to help and graciously provided pink Taylor Garbage cans, complete with awareness ribbons, for the occasion. 

“We couldn’t have been happier to support the Kline family on their journey to raise support and awareness for this breast cancer,” Bob Taylor, president of Taylor Garbage, said. 

In addition to the bottles and cans collected by Taylor Garbage, Ryan and other volunteers walked the streets of Broome and Tioga counties throughout the month collecting cans and bottles inside the pink garbage cans. Donations of cans and bottles were also available to be dropped off at A&S Redemption Center in Owego and Shelly’s Redemption Center in Tioga Center.

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