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Plumbing firm uses business to help Komen cause

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By Alex Wimsatt

 As October marks National Breast Cancer Awareness month, millions of Americans are joining in the fight for a cure. Among those working to raise awareness are local business owners Homer Lowry and his wife Stephanie.

In honor of Stephanie’s mother and father, who lost their battles with cancer only two years apart between 2003 and 2005, the Lowrys are using their family business to raise money for cancer research.

 This month, S&J Plumbing is donating 10 percent of all labor costs to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest breast cancer organization.

Dubbed Plumbing 4 a Cure, the initiative kicked off the first of October.

Homer said his mother and father in-law touched the lives of many and he thought it only appropriate to pay homage to them by contributing to the fight against cancer.

 “We’ve wanted to do something to honor their memory for a while now,” Homer said. “October is such a big awareness month, we decided that it made sense to join in with that effort and possibly help get closer to a cure.” 

Naomi Kolb spent more than 30 years as an educator in the Bullitt County Public Schools system before she succumbed to colon cancer in 2003 at the age of 66.

Bill Kolb dedicated most of his life to education as well, teaching in Bullitt and Jefferson counties. Bill lost his life to a brain tumor in 2005 at the age of 68.  

“They consciously invested themselves in the lives of everyone they touched,” Stephanie said. “They left a legacy ...We just wanted to honor that.”

What made the Kolbs so special, Homer said, was the unconditional love and encouragement they showed so many people, including him. 

“When I was growing up most of the adults in my life told me I wasn’t going to amount to anything,” Homer said. “They believed in me when nobody else did...You don’t find people like that everyday.”

Homer said they supported him when he wanted to open his own business and they were always there, not only for him, his wife and their kids, but for the community. 

Stephanie said she hopes Plumbing 4 a Cure can make a significant, adding that she hopes the program might start a domino effect and get others involved whether through fundraising or spreading awareness.

“I think it’s something people are personally invested in and I hope everyone gets on board to find a cure,” she said.

The Lowrys hope to raise $1,000 for Susan G. Komen through Plumbing 4 a Cure. 

For more information, call (502) 807-1325 or (502) 366-2329 or visit www.s-jplumbing.com.