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Cancer survivor lighting up her home in pink
Donnie Clark of Five Star Window Cleaning installs pink Christmas lights as Linda Brooks looks on. - photo by DENNIS WYATT

Nick Brooks has no qualms whatsoever with his mother Linda’s love of pink.

The Manteca High junior likes the color as well as he wears pink shoelaces and pink wrist bands. It’s a trend that is catching on with his friends.

So when his mother wanted to deck the outside of their East Manteca home with pink Christmas lights this year he was all for it. The same goes for Linda’s husband Ken.

The reason is simple. Pink - the color for breast cancer awareness - is what helped save Linda.

“The hardest thing I ever had to do was tell my son I had breast cancer,” Brooks said on Friday as Donnie Clark and his Five Star Window Cleaning crew finished stringing pink Christmas lights completely around their house.

Her son started wearing pink shoelaces to show his support for his mom in her cancer battle. The pink wristbands followed.

Brooks considers herself fortunate. Doctors say because it was detected early her cancer is in remission.

Because her sister contracted cancer awhile back and the constant reminder the American Cancer Society’s pink campaign does for the need to get annual checkups, Brooks was able to get the upper hand on cancer.

Clark approached Brooks with the idea of stringing pink Christmas lights up at her home partially to celebrate her success and partially to bring attention to the American Cancer Society campaign.

Brooks was tickled pink at the idea.

While Brooks’ lights were on the house, Brooks indicated he will donate a part of his regular charge to the American Cancer Society for anyone that wants to have pink Christmas lights put up outside of their homes while using his firm’s services

Five Star provides the strings of lights, installs them, and then removes them after the first of the year.

For more information call Five Star at 450-2756.