Published on October 06, 2014

Football Friday, Oct. 17: Paint the Stands Pink

Paint the Stands PinkPELLA, Iowa – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year, Pella Regional Health Center is joining forces with Pella High School’s student council and Pella Christian High School to “Paint the Stands Pink” on Oct. 17. At the high schools’ home football games that night, fans are encouraged to wear pink in support and memory of those who battle breast cancer.

Fans will also be able to sport “pink” with free pink face tattoos of their schools’ logo, pink glow bracelets and necklaces and pink footballs will be tossed out by the cheerleaders, with all items provided by Pella Regional Health Center. Fans who wish to purchase $5 “Stopping Cancer on the First Down” pink T-shirt can pick those up at Sports Page or Gifts on Jefferson in the hospital’s lobby.

“One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime,” said Marilou Ozinga, Mammography Supervisor at Pella Regional. “It’s a scary statistic. But there is hope. Research shows that with early detection, women can dramatically increase their chances for survival.”

Throughout the month, Pella Regional Health Center is promoting awareness of breast cancer and encouraging people to remember to do regular breast self-exams and annual mammograms. The hospital is also hosting the KNIA/KRLS radiothon on Thursday evening from 4-7 pm. Pella in Pink, a 2K Walk/Run fund raiser for breast cancer screening, will start at West Market Park on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 8 am.