Posted: October 2, 2014 12:03 pm
CITY OF ERIE TO OBSERVE
BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
October has long been recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Once again Mayor Joseph E. Sinnott will turn the water in the Perry Square fountain pink, and it will flow pink throughout the month of October. This serves as a reminder of the importance of education, early detection and treatment of breast cancer. “We host this yearly event to generate awareness about a disease that affects thousands of people right here in our community. Through this effort, we hope that local residents will get the treatment they need,” said Mayor Sinnott.
While breast cancer mortality rates have declined and treatment has become more sophisticated, funding for research and education must continue in order to find a cure. The National Cancer Institute estimates 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. More than 40,000 of those women, and hundreds of men, will die from the disease, this year alone. With early detection and appropriate treatment more lives can be saved.
The public is encouraged to attend the program in East Perry Square on Friday, October 3rd beginning at 12:15 PM. Three local residents will share their personal stories during the 45-minute program and breast cancer survivors in attendance will be recognized by the Regional Cancer Center. The Wayne School Ambassadors will perform two songs and information and educational tables will be set up around the park.