Lakewood company designing T-shirts for Susan G. Komen 'Race for the Cure'

GV Art & Design in Cleveland. (Source: WOIO)
GV Art & Design in Cleveland. (Source: WOIO)

LAKEWOOD, OH (WOIO) - The local shirt design company GV Art & Design is designing a special T-shirt for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The shirts are expected to go on sale on Tuesday, in advance of the Susan G. Komen Cleveland Race for the Cure on Aug. 26th.

There's always something colorful at the store but this time around, the designers are focused on pink.

"We want to take a popular design that we have, that a lot of people like and take it and convert it to their colors and their messages," said George Vlosich III, owner.

The Vlosich family has been designing "The Cleveland That I Love" brand for more than 10 years and they're excited to put their stamp on this cause in this way.

"Terminal Tower is so recognizable for Cleveland and to us that really screams Cleveland, so we just wanted to incorporate it into the "C" somehow. It's one of a series that's going to be coming out," said Vlosich.

The t-shirt is $28 and 20% of the proceeds will go directly to Komen.

BreastCancer.org says about 1 in  8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer the course of her lifetime.

Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women.

Here in Northeast Ohio, 10 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed daily,  making Ohio 4th in the nation in overall deaths from
the disease.

The exact cause of breast cancer isn't known and at this time, there isn't a cure.

Vlosich says he hopes this T-shirt helps raise some awareness.

"You know from an early age, our dad and mom prayed that we use our talents in a special way to kind of give back and make a difference and use the talents that God blessed us with and so any way we have a chance and an opportunity, we try to take advantage of that," he said.

You can purchase a T-shirt here.

A reminder:  the Cleveland race is coming up Saturday, August 26-th on Malls B and C downtown.  For the 20th year in a row, Cleveland 19 News' own Romona Robinson will be the honorary chair for the race.

The Akron race is Sunday, October 22nd at Canal Park.

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