CUMBERLAND — October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most common form in women, accounting for more than 30 percent of cancers in women.
For the next 30 days the Cumberland Times-News will feature stories on area survivors and events, as well as information on breast cancer in an effort to raise awareness and highlight the resources available in this region.
Throughout the month, area groups and organizations have many events planned to “Paint the Town Pink,” an initiative designed to raise awareness of breast cancer and serve as a reminder that this disease touches nearly every life in some fashion.
The Paint The Town Pink initiative is the kickoff leading up to the 2013 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk planned for Oct. 19.
“We want people to get into the spirit of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and decorate their homes and businesses. Hang up a pink ribbon or wear pink, anything to remind people of just how many lives are affected by breast cancer,” Jennifer Hare explained. Hare serves as the volunteer publicity chair for the Making Strides event and helps coordinate Paint the Town Pink events.
Area businesses are planning to decorate their windows and buildings with pink and several will offer specials throughout the month of October.
Local sports teams and groups will don the color pink to demonstrate their support for breast cancer survivors.
“We have such great participation with area sports teams and leagues, it’s just amazing to see. And many of the groups join us and volunteer on the day of the walk,” Hare explained.
The annual 5K fundraiser walk is at 10 a.m. with registration and the opening program beginning at 9 a.m. at the Canal Place festival grounds. Currently, 19 teams have registered for the walk. Hare said there is still time to organize a team and that registration will be open the day of the walk. To register, call the American Cancer Society at 301-722-2145 or go to www.strideswesternmd. org. Last year, more than 700 people participated in the walk and helped to raise more than $70,000.
“Use your imagination and join us in our effort to Paint the Town Pink, honor those who have lost the battle and show the women fighting the battle how much we care,” Hare said. “Join us in our fight for a world without breast cancer.”
Hare said special Paint the Town Pink events and activities will be featured on Western Maryland Making Strides’ Facebook page.
If you know someone in your community who is joining this effort or would like to submit a photo of your Paint the Town Pink project, email information to abrant@ times-news.com.
Contact Angie Brant at firstname.lastname@example.org.