Pink baseball bat sales benefit breast cancer nonprofit

A Milford business and a Milford-based nonprofit teamed up to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer.

A Milford business and a Milford-based nonprofit teamed up to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer. (10/19/15)

MILFORD - A Milford business and a Milford-based nonprofit teamed up to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer.

Eric Lehrer, owner of the EL Lumber Company, is a man of many talents. He describes himself as part-carpenter and part-artist. He also happens to be a nurse.

Lehrer's focus shifted slightly this month. He says he decided to combine his passion for baseball and medicine, and started producing pink bats.

He teamed up with the Get In Touch Foundation, a nonprofit that provides an educational breast health initiative to girls and boys all over the world, starting from grades 5 through 12.

Founder Mary Ann Wasil knows the breast cancer fight all too well. Wasil says she had a stage 4 metastatic breast cancer recurrence 4 1/2 years ago, and has been in regular treatment ever since.

Lehrer says his mission is to get quality products to consumers, whether it's for an 8-year-old or a Major League Baseball player.

The pink bats sell for $110 each. Lehrer says he's had a great response so far and plans to make them year-round, not just for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Lehrer says he plans to donate a portion of the pink bat proceeds to the Get In Touch Foundation.

The business owner says he started making baseball bats in his garage 10 years ago. He says he later launched the EL Lumber Company and moved into his own space less than two years ago. He says each bat is carved and sanded by hand.

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