Published on October 12, 2015

Football Friday, Oct. 23: Paint the Stands Pink

PELLA, Iowa – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Again this year, Pella Regional Health Center wants fans to “Paint the Stands Pink” on Oct. 23. At the high schools’ home football games that night, fans are encouraged to “add pink” in support and memory of those who battle breast cancer.

"The student council at Pella High School thinks it's important for students and fans to be supportive of those who have been affected by breast cancer. We think this is a great way to raise awareness to encourage the importance of early detection," said Ally Canfield, PHS senior secretary.

Fans will also be able to sport “pink” with pink face tattoos of their schools’ logo, pink pompons and glow necklaces, with all items provided by Pella Regional Health Center. Fans who wish to purchase the $5 “Fight Cancer” T-shirt can pick those up at Sports Page or Gifts on Jefferson in the hospital’s lobby or online at; Event Code: Pink.

“Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women. Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her lifetime,” said Marilou Ozinga, Mammography Supervisor at Pella Regional. “The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman’s chance of survival. Early detection is so important for so many women.”

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 hosting Pella in Pink, a 2K Walk/Run fundraiser for breast cancer awareness at West Market Park on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 8 am and also the KNIA/KRLS Radiothon on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 4-7 pm.