Today is National Mammography Day which is observed annually on the third Friday in October as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Established by President Bill Clinton in 1993, this day serves as a reminder to all women that the best defense against breast cancer is early detection. A mammogram can often detect a problem before there is any outward physical sign. It’s important to make sure you are getting regular checkups!
On Saturday, October 28th, Marshall Manor and the Terrace Lake Retirement Community will enter a team in the 8th Annual Pink Pumpkin Run hosted at the Guntersville Civitan Park by The Foundation for Marshall Medical Centers. Our team is sponsored by an actual cancer survivor who we participate in honor of and also by other individuals on the team. This year’s events will feature an 80’s theme. Our team slogan will be, “BEAT IT,” and we’ll be decked out in black T's along with the white glove and jeweled hat that Michael Jackson fancied on his infamous "Thriller" Tour. It’s all in good fun to raise funds for a great cause!
The Foundation for Marshall Medical Centers donates proceeds from the Pink Pumpkin events to cancer care service programs offered at Marshall Medical Centers. The main beneficiary of the Pink Pumpkin proceeds will be the Mammography Assistance Program (MAP) at Marshall Medical Centers North and South. Through the funds provided from MAP, many women who cannot afford a yearly mammogram are offered assistance and a way to overcome these financial obstacles.
We have ALL been touched or affected in some way by cancer. Well over a thousand individuals representing several teams will participate in honor and memory of loved ones and friends who have fought the battle against cancer. Perhaps the most inspirational each year are the many survivors who participate in all of the Pink Pumpkin events, volunteer as workers, and / or donate funds to the cause. People of all ages and backgrounds come together to fight together. This is a wonderful tribute to the human spirit and the inherent will in all of us to overcome and help others to overcome even the greatest of challenges.
For more information on the 2017 Pink Pumpkin Run you can call The Foundation for Marshall Medical Centers @ 256-571-8026 or visit them online @ http://www.pinkpumpkinrun.com/.