If you look up the world altruism in the dictionary, you might find a photo of Bob Terreberry next to it.
Or, even better yet, you can drive by Friendly's in Brooklyn Square and see him in person.
This is because he, along with a small group of friends, will be sitting in front of Friendly's until 2,500 Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelets are sold. The money raised will go toward the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Washington, D.C.
Bob Terreberry holds a container full of pink bracelets whicih he is selling to support breast cancer. Bob will not leave Friendly’s Restaurant until all the bracelets are sold. Bracelets can be purchased for $5.
P-J photo by Remington Whitcomb
"So far, we've been here for one day, and I think we've come close to selling half of our bracelets so far," said Terreberry. "The people of Jamestown and the surrounding area have been great to us so far, and plenty have told us that they're willing to come back two or three or four times - however many times it takes to get these bracelets all sold."
Terreberry said that, through this fundraiser and a few future fundraisers, he has set a goal of $25,000 he would like to raise for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, which takes place on May 4 and 5.
"My daughter, Jenny, has had breast cancer twice and she's only 35," said Terreberry. "The first time she got it, she was 26. Ever since she was first diagnosed, we've been doing breast cancer fundraisers. My wife did the (Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure) in Cleveland and my wife and I did a play at our house last year, and that money went towards the (WCA Hospital). We're going to do a few more things later this year as well, but this is the first of them."
The next fundraiser that Terreberry has lined up is an event at the same Friendly's Restaurant that he is sitting outside of currently. Anyone who stops by to purchase a bracelet, or even just to visit, can pick up a ticket which they can then bring to the restaurant on Oct. 23. Everyone who shows up with that ticket will have 15 percent of their bill donated towards the cure for breast cancer.
To support Terreberry and his drive, several organizations showed up to his tent on Monday to try to bring more people in to purchase bracelets.
"The Junior Guilders came earlier today to sing alongside the road and get more people to stop and buy bracelets," said Terreberry. "Of course, needless to say, all of the Junior Guilders bought bracelets before they started singing. It was wonderful to see them and then to hear them sing for us."
Terreberry said that though many of the people who have stopped by to purchase bracelets heard about the event on the radio or in the Post-Journal, many people who happened to be driving or walking past Brooklyn Square stopped to satisfy their curiosity of what was going on.
Along with the Post-Journal, Terreberry will be speaking with Jim Roselli to keep the community updated on how many of the 2,500 bracelets have been sold. Terreberry joked that he might be a bit grumpy about sitting out in the snow if he's still outside of Friendly's once winter comes but feels the community will come together to make sure all of the bracelets are sold by the end of the week.
"We've had such great support from Friendly's as well as all the good people of Jamestown and the surrounding area," said Terreberry. "It just goes to show there is no such thing as too much support. I really believe that once you crack one cancer, the rest are soon to follow after. Breast cancer may be the beginning of this fight, but it is certainly not the end."
"Bob is 70 and he's sitting out here in the middle of the night in the freezing cold to help his daughter and every woman who has ever been diagnosed with breast cancer fight an easier battle," said Gale Svenson-Campbell. "How many other dads are doing something like this to help? He's a wonderful guy."