Thumbs up to those who have spent October doing their part to raise awareness of breast cancer and money to defeat a disease that has touched many of us in one way or another. The Southwestern boys and girls soccer teams recently held their third annual Kickin' for a Cure at Southwestern Central School. The staff at Dr. Francese's Dental Office in West Ellicott has gone pink for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month as have employees at AJs Texas Hots on Foote Avenue. For the duration of the month of October, the staff at Dr. Francese's Dental Office will raise funds for breast cancer research by selling pink ribbon toothbrushes for $2.50 and with giveaways of dozens of handmade items. The Frewsburg girls soccer teams paid special tribute to Coach Ericka Alm's mother, Linda Johnson, a breast cancer survivor, by donating proceeds from concessions, 50-50 giveaways and bucket donations to WCA Hospital toward the purchase of 3-D Breast Tomosynthesis in the WCA Center for Imaging & Medical Arts. There are countless such stories throughout our area this fall, a testament to the destructiveness of breast cancer and the will of area residents to do their part fighting the disease.