To recognize October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, all official state of Michigan social media accounts will be “going pink” Oct. 15th – 19th. The “M” in the Pure Michigan logo, usually seen in blue or green, will be made pink in social media profile images and platform backgrounds, including Pure Michigan’s Facebook and Twitter channels.
With a collective following of nearly 1 million users among its 137 total social media accounts, our hope is for the campaign to engage citizens with a series of messages that will include breast cancer screening tips, information and resources.
State of Michigan department web pages, the official Michigan.gov portal and Gov. Rick Snyder’s website will also display the pink “M” for the cause. Governor Snyder, whose wife, first lady Sue Snyder, successfully battled breast cancer, reminds women everywhere to take charge of their health.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among Michigan women and the most commonly diagnosed cancer, with an estimated 7,710 women to be diagnosed in 2012.
We encourage those interested in raising awareness and joining the fight against breast cancer to check out one of the following events. Please note that this is just a small sample of events happening in communities across Michigan to raise awareness.
Ann Arbor, MI
UofM’s “Pink Week”; now through October 17th
Different teams from the University of Michigan will be wearing pink as part of their uniforms. Learn more at university’s website.
2012 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer; October 27th
The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Ann Arbor takes place on Saturday, October 27th this year at Washtenaw Community College. Learn more at the organization’s website.
Paint the Town Pink; October 18th
Manistee is celebrating the 5th Annual Paint the Town Pink in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, where the entire community gets involved in a Celebration & Ribbon Walk on Thursday, October 18th in Downtown Manistee. Everyone dresses in pink, the stores are pink and the high school girls swim team does the “splash of pink” swim meet, where all the swimmers wear pink swim caps, the pool is decorated pink and the community sponsors a swim lane with all proceeds going to the benefit West Shore Medical Center’s PET advanced imaging technology. For more information, contact Nancy Day at 231.887.4066 or visit West Shore Medical Center’s website.
Big Rapids, MI
Paint Big Rapids Pink; now through October 21st
The Mecosta County Medical Center Foundation is increasing awareness of breast health and the free services offered at the Susan P. Wheatlake Cancer and Wellness Center by hosting its month-long “Paint Big Rapids Pink” celebration. Remaining events include:
- Oct. 16th – 18th: Susan P. Wheatlake Cancer and Wellness Center Open House at Mecosta County Medical Center, Big Rapids.
- Oct. 19th: “Rolling for Pink” Vegas Night at Tullymore Resort in Stanwood with the chance to win prizes including a Las Vegas trip for two donated by Time 2 Travel and Delta Vacations.
- Oct. 20th: Stanwood Eagles Spaghetti Dinner with multiple raffles. Event luminaries available throughout October for $1. Proceeds benefit the Wheatlake Cancer and Wellness Fund and the Devos Children’s Cancer Program.
- Oct. 21st: Duathlon (Run/Bike/Run), followed by a “Pink Pasta Feast” at Tullymore Resort.
Details can be found on the Wheatlake Center website or by searching “Paint Big Rapids Pink” on Facebook.
St. Mary’s of Michigan Annual Pink Out; October 20th
On Saturday, October 20th at 7:11 p.m. ET, the Saginaw Spirit will play the Guelph Storm in an annual “Pink Out” game, where a portion of ticket sales will support the St. Mary’s of Michigan Breast Care Fund. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game. For more information, visit the Saginaw Spirit’s website or call 989-497-6506.
South Haven, MI
Free Reiki Yoga Classes; now through October 31st
The South Haven Yoga Shala will be giving free Reiki sessions for cancer patients and survivors throughout the month. For more information, please visit the South Haven Yoga Shala’s website.
Dig Pink!; October 23rd
The Engadine High School Volleyball Team will pack the gym in pink on Tuesday, October 23rd in an effort to spread awareness on breast cancer. The evening includes a silent and live auction and performances by the combined school bands. Last year’s event raised $5,000. Learn more at Engadine High School’s website.
To find events happening in your local community, please visit www.makingstrides.acsevents.org.
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