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Beebe urges citizens to ‘go pink’

Submitted by Callie Evans on October 1, 2010 – 12:08 pm2 Comments

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to kick it off, Gov. Mike Beebe has instituted “Go Pink for the Cure” on Friday, Oct. 1.

Participation is simple: Wear pink.

According to the American Cancer Society website, one in every eight women will have breast cancer, so odds are you know or will know someone who is affected.

Barbera Stoecker, 20, is a junior who is a double major in health promotion and education. She did not know about the event, but said, ” My great aunt Carol battled [breast cancer] for years and we just recently lost her this past spring to it. An awareness campaign like this for any disease is an awesome idea for our ‘It won’t happen to me’- minded society.”

Donations to Go Pink for the Cure Day can be made on the Susan G. Komen foundation website, via a link on the right side of the page. Donations can be made to a specific Arkansas city.

Other events benefiting breast cancer research and awareness are going on in Arkansas this month, including the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Saturday, Oct. 16, in downtown Little Rock. Information on the race and online registration can be found on the Komen foundation website.