September 06, 2018

Media Advisory – Sheriff Shannon Wolff to issue first responder challenge to help SIU’s Start Seeing Pink campaign

Each October Southern Illinois University Carbondale recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month through its Start Seeing Pink campaign, which features special events, promotions and scholarships presentations.

This year’s scholarship campaign is getting a big boost thanks to the efforts of Jonathan Coates, a Herrin Boy Scout, and the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department.

Reporters, photographers and news crews are invited to attend a press conference at 10 a.m. on Friday to learn more. It will take place at the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department, located at 200 W. Buena Vista St. in Chester,

Jonathan Coutes, in conjunction with his Eagle Scout project, is making pink cord bracelets for Start Seeing Pink. Randolph County Sheriff Shannon Wolff has purchased bracelets for his staff and they’ll be wearing them during the month of October. SIU’s Department of Public Safety will also wear the bracelets that month.

During the press conference, Wolff will be challenging other first responders to also get involved in the fight against breast cancer, beginning by wearing the bracelets.

Funds raised from the sale of the bracelets as well as through other activities at SIU in the coming weeks, goes to the Saluki Strength Breast Cancer fund. The fund provides scholarships and other assistance to SIU students impacted by breast cancer.

For more information, contact Jordee Justice at or 618/453-4078.