August 23, 2012 Issue


Paint our community pink for breast health

Dear Editor:

To the communities of Jefferson and Glascock counties.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. This celebration brings together the medical community, government agencies, businesses, celebrities, non-profit organizations, small communities and survivors.



Their shared goal during October is to raise awareness and educate everyone about breast cancer. The campaign started as a week-long event in 1985 through the efforts of former first lady and cancer survivor Betty Ford along with her daughter, Susan Ford Bales.

There have been many changes in the last 27 years, but what remains the same is the fact that early detection saves lives.

I am writing this letter to challenge you to challenge you to paint our communities pink. It can be as small as putting a pink ribbon on your door, wearing pink on Fridays, or more. If you would like to do more, I have websites that I have used before for Breast Cancer Awareness information, decorations, pink ribbon items to sell, and fund raising ideas. Orientaltrading.com (800-228-2269); shingidz.com (800-314-8736); fundraisingforacause.com; positivepromotions.com (800-635-2666); and thebreastcancersite.com.

If you would like to raise money to help with breast cancer education, research, and mammograms, there are many opportunities. One right here in our area is the University Breast Health Center Mobile Mammography Unit. they come to Wrens several times a year and over the last 12 years, many of our uninsured women of Jefferson and Glascock counties, who qualified, have received free mammograms. Of course they would not be able to do this without funding from donations.

For more information go to their website universityhealth.org/breasthealth or call 866-774-4141. Other organizations are Susan G. Komen for the Cure at komen.org (877-465-6636); National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. at nationalbreastcancer.org; Avon Foundation for Women Breast Cancer Crusade at avonfoundation.org/breastcancer; and the American Cancer Society at cancer.org (866-227-0904).

I hope that you will join me in this challenge and paint our communities pink.

You can make a difference.

Virginia Garrett
Breast Cancer Survivor


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