Local Computer Store “Thinks Pink” for Breast Cancer Research

This article was originally reported by Sarah Pryor, Waukesha Freeman Staff.
Source: Freeman Online Repository

WAUKESHA – Ryan and Mary Brevold will readily admit that the color scheme at North American Computer is pretty standard for a computer sales and service store – gray monitors, chrome hardware, black coils of chords – but for the past five years the couple have livened up their shop’s décor with “flashes” of pink for a cause.

Even though October’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is more than a month away, the Brevolds want people to know that they sell pink USB flash drives year-round and donate 10% of the proceeds to Waukesha Memorial Hospital’s Center for Breast Care via the RiverWalk for Breast Cancer that is held in May in Waukesha.

The cause is close to the couple’s hearts

“Everyone can use a flash drive,” said Ryan Brevold, who came up with the idea to sell the drives after his wife’s diagnosis.

Mary Brevold, who’s been cancer free for seven years, said she thought selling the drives was a great way to raise money for a national epidemic at a local level. “Working in conjunction with Waukesha Memorial Hospital gave us a chance to give back locally,” Mary Brevold said.  “The women who are using Waukesha Memorial’s Center for Breast Care are my neighbors and friends, not someone halfway across the country we don’t know – not that any one woman is more important than the other.”

The flash drives come in three sizes and are available year round, not just in May or October when breast cancer awareness is at its height.  The prices for these “Pink” flash drives are as follows:

  • 4GB flash drive costs $20
  • 8GB flash drive costs $25
  • 16GB flash drive costs $30

North American Computer_Think PinkIf you are interested in supporting a great cause through a local merchant, visit North American Computer, located at 147 W. Broadway, Waukesha, or get more information by calling them at 547-6222.


“For me, it wasn’t just the breast cancer, but it was being cancer-free and hearing these women’s stories and what they’d been through.  Everyone’s story is a little different but they all have a common thread – surviving cancer, Mary Brevold said.  “It made me want to get more involved.”

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