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Raising Breast Cancer Awareness by Painting Downtown Pink

Breast Cancer Awareness

HANFORD – A sea of pink filled the streets of Downtown Hanford on Sept. 4, 2014, as community members donned their best pink attire to show support for breast cancer awareness during “Paint Downtown Pink” at the Thursday Night Market Place.

The annual event, organized by Adventist Health / Central Valley Network, attracted more than 700 people last year and returns this year on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015.

Among the many attractions, visitors will get to sign up at the Adventist Health booth to receive a pink pedometer. They will be asked to walk for breast cancer awareness by completing 2,500 steps around the Market Place (about a mile and a quarter). Once completed, participants will receive a free gift while supplies last, and will be entered into a drawing to win larger prizes.

There will even be opportunities at the booth to take photos with wacky pink props. Images from the photo booth will be posted on the Adventist Health / Central Valley Network Facebook page the following day.

“It was nice to see so many people show support for breast cancer awareness,” says Laurie Schirling, Breast Care Manager at Adventist Health / Breast Care Center. “We had breast cancer survivors at our booth who shared their stories, but we also heard personal stories from community members that were really touching.”

Not only do community members get involved, but so do the vendors. Adventist Health offers prizes to the top three Market Place booths who display pink pride.

“Paint Downtown Pink” will begin at 5:30 p.m., Sept. 10 at the Adventist Health booth on Irwin Street, between 7th and 8th streets in Downtown Hanford.

The Breast Care Center, on the second floor of the Hanford Medical Pavilion, 125 Mall Drive in Hanford, offers a full complement of services covering multiple aspects of breast diagnostics and other care, including digital mammography, ultrasound, bone densitometry and stereotactic breast biopsies. The phone number is (559) 537-2300.