Manlius It takes a “real man” to wear pink, but it takes a stronger, community-invested man to lug a pink trash can to his curb.
About a month ago, Manlius residents Brian and Janice Jagodzinski, decided to use their family business to further their contributions to the Central New York community.
Brian, the owner and founder of four local businesses, including Up to 8 cents Bottle and Can Return and Not My Garage, saw a clear connection between his family’s success and local efforts toward breast cancer research.
The Jagodzinskis, touched by breast cancer in many ways, have been continuous supporters of the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund for the several years for one major reason: keeping breast cancer research funding local.
“[We] love what the foundation is all about,” Brian said. After a close family friend passed away eight years ago while battling breast cancer, and his mother, six years ago, Brian started to think about an important figure — 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Soon after, his brother’s wife would be diagnosed. She has been surviving for more than two years now.
Donations collected through Up to 8 cents Bottle and Can Return have benefited the CMB Fund in past years, but there was a new avenue for fundraising to take.
“Beth [Baldwin] wanted a way to promote a different awareness,” Brian said. Because of his contacts and business capabilities with Not My Garage, the Jagodzinskis started promoting the pink trash can cause.
Baldwin said the Jagodzinskis efforts have been a twofold success: It shows a local business’ support and it demonstrates the power of “working together.”
“He [Brian] felt as though he would not only benefit the business, but his community,” Baldwin said. “How he’s helping so many others … it’s commendable.”