Meet August Do the Right Thing winner: Robert Baty of Pink Heals

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Pink Heals started as a way to raise money for breast cancer research, but the Chattanooga Chapter has taken it even further.

And the organization is completely run by volunteers.

This month we honor the volunteer who started it in the Scenic City

August winner Robert Baty was shocked when we surprised him with the win.

He thought he was there to talk about the Pink Heals run coming up on September 10th.

Baty explained, “We wanted to team up with the police and fire departments to just kind of give back. There’s not a greater way to tell your community that you love and support them than to volunteer your time to raise money to help them.”

Pink Heals volunteer Elena Hannasch said, “Robert volunteers hour after hour, day after day. He’s just amazing all the time. Work, and just everything he’s given up for Pink Heals, it’s just, it’s awesome.”

Pink Heals started nationally as an organization that raised money for women’s health causes.

Melanie Tate has been dating Baty for the past six years. She explained, “A couple of years back, we had went to visit a friend of his, his wife was battling cancer at the time, and Pink Heals had come across our Facebook.”

But now it’s grown. With hundreds of survivors and loved ones signing Pink Heals Chattanooga’s signature firetruck and patrol car.

Baty added, “We support people from all walks of life with all types of ailments, and we’ve kind of taken a stance lately with kids because there are a lot of kids in our area with cancer.”

The September 10th run will raise money for Erlanger Medical Center.

Baty said, “We’re going to set up an indigent scholarship-type program for women who can’t afford health screenings, so Erlanger is not out that money and those things are going to be paid for. So that’s the ultimate goal.”

Stacey Jones is a Pink Heals volunteer who works at Erlanger. She said, “100% of the benefit will stay here local.”

Learn more about Pink Heals and the September 10th Thin Pink Line Walk/Run.

Categories: Chattanooga, Do The Right Thing, Hamilton County, Health, Local News

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