Roger Goertz, owner of Rainbow International® of Houston, honors the memory of his wife and business partner this year by raising awareness in the community and donating money to aid breast cancer research and purchase life-saving equipment for the local hospital.
One year ago, Stacey Goertz, co-owner of Rainbow International of Houston was honored at Memorial Hermann Hospital’s annual “In the Pink of Health” fundraiser. Three months later, Goertz sadly lost her battle with cancer, but not in vain. Rainbow International of Houston has carried on her mission, memory and vision of giving back to the community.
“Stacey was diagnosed in 2007 with breast cancer, went through therapy and had been stabilized for several years,” recalls Mr. Goertz. “Then, in 2011, she learned that the cancer had spread to her liver and brain. All I could think was ‘This cannot be happening.’”
Following the final diagnosis, Mrs. Goertz continued her highly active community service-filled life, volunteering as Chairperson for the Memorial Hermann Hospital’s “In the Pink of Health” fundraiser to purchase equipment for women’s health. In addition, Mrs. Goertz was an active member of the local Chamber of Commerce, Montgomery County Food Bank, and as a member of the International Franchise Association’s Franchise Congress.
“I went to my technicians earlier this month and asked them if they would mind wearing pink shirts out on calls, in honor and memory of Stacey,” says Goertz. “It’s an all male force, so I didn’t know how they would react to wearing pink, but everyone was overwhelmingly supportive of the idea.”
Every employee, to help raise awareness in the community and give homage to the work started by Mrs. Goertz, wears the shirt, in conjunction with pink shoe covers, each Friday.
“Roger’s employees are able to keep the memory of Stacey alive while also raising awareness of this life-taking disease,” states Fawn Barlow, Marketing Manager of Rainbow International® of Houston.
“Our company operates by the Code of Values set-forth by Rainbow International, and this allows our employees the ability to live and work in an environment which embraces this sort of compassion.”
“This month now holds more meaning for me and my team than ever before,” says Goertz. “I know God has his newest angel, and she is looking down on us, proud that we are carrying on her legacy.”