Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Published 5:52am on 5 Oct 2021
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here is press release from the Pink Lemonade Project (PLP). They are a local non-profit that educates and supports people affected by breast cancer.
OWSA has stepped up in the past with our event Set Sail for the Cause to help raise money for breast cancer and other causes. If any member is interested in pulling it together, it would be fantastic to bring this event back for next year! Contact Rear Commodore if you have interest or questions.
Downtown Portland Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
VANCOUVER, WA and PORTLAND, OR (September 30, 2021) Local, passionate breast cancer fighting organizations, in a show of solidarity, are turning the Morrison Bridge and the Oregon Convention Center glass towers PINK tomorrow in honor of Octobers Breast Cancer Awareness Month. On October 13, the bridge will change to purple, green and teal in special recognition of those living with metastatic breast cancer.
Today, 1 in 8 women and 1 percent of men will be diagnosed in their lifetime. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is the nationally recognized to raise awareness for women and men affected by breast cancer. The collaboration of organizations offers support for those courageously battling this disease; to recognize the many survivors, their supporters and loved ones; and to honor those lives lost to this disease.
There was a large drop in screening mammograms in Spring 2020 which is now resulting in a wave of more advanced diagnoses, more aggressive treatments, and likely more breast cancer related deaths.
The goal is for this large-scale, public visual display to remind the community about the importance of breast health, screening mammograms and support during and after treatment, said Susan Stearns, CEO of Pink Lemonade Project. We also want the pink lights to represent a thank you to all the breast health healthcare workers who tirelessly serve our community of breast cancer patients.
This community organization coordination is also particularly important since Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington closed on March 31, 2021, as part of a national consolidation of all Susan G. Komen affiliates. The local community and breast cancer stakeholders are committed to working together to help maintain services and to fill the gaps for patients services and care since the local Komen affiliate closed.
"This collaboration of the many breast cancer groups has been a new effort over the past year, said Stearns. Breast cancer patients everywhere will benefit when all the community groups work well with each other and coordinate with the healthcare systems.
Collaborating organizations include:
American Cancer Society
Asian Health and Service Center—Asian Cancer Resource and Support Services
Moore Fight Moore Strong
Native American Rehabilitation Association of the NW, Inc.
NW Family Services
Oregon Health Authority--Screenwise
Oregon Womens Sailing Association/Set Sail for the Cause
PeaceHealth—Breast and Cervical Cancer Program
Pink Lemonade Project
Row for the Cure/Station L Rowing
Urban League Portland
To learn more about Breast Cancer Awareness Month and this collaboration, contact:
Susan Stearns, CEO, Pink Lemonade Project at 360-771-9403 or firstname.lastname@example.org