BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - October is breast cancer awareness month, a cause that is very important to Hooters restaurants. This year, 6 restaurants, including the one here in Bakersfield, are doing a two month fundraiser to help one of their own battle the disease.
The campaign is called Dollars for Deanna, in honor of the Bakersfield Hooters restaurant general manager Deanna Arellano. Arellano found out she had cancer earlier this year by a phone call from her doctor.
"He said, well you have ductal carcinoma and I said I don't understand what that means. And ductal carcinoma, he said is cancer," remembered Arellano.
To start the battle with her disease, Arellano was forced to take time off from working at Hooters, a company she has been working for since 2006.
Hooters latest push to help Arellano starts on September 9th, and works by people buying pitchers of beer and adding a dollar to their drink price. At the end of October, Arellano will receive a check with all the collected profits from the campaign.
But more important than money, Arellano wants to make sure her story raises awareness, as she encourages women "to get it checked."
There are five participating California locations and one Hawaii location: