Traditional black judges' robes were replaced with pink ones or adorned with pink stickers in hopes of sharing a message with the 600 people arriving for jury duty Monday morning.
"Get a mammogram and do your self-check breast exams."
Judges at the Nueces County Courthouse and a Juvenile Court Judge handed out stickers to those arriving and reminded them of the message. It has been an annual tradition during October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, at the courthouse for the past six years.
"I think cancer has affected each of us in a different way," said 347th District Court Judge Missy Medary. "This is one of those things that if we can change one person by handing them a sticker it will be worth it."
Medary began the tradition at the Municipal Court seven years ago and brought it with her to the District Court. She had a childhood friend who went through cancer.
"It was a very hard process," she said. "I always thought I was strong, until I saw her and I realized she, in fact, is incredibly strong. She is a survivor, which is the best in the world."
udges will continue handing out stickers Monday mornings and afternoons and Tuesdays for the rest of the month. They will reach about 6,000 people.