St. Croix group aims to raise awareness of breast cancer with bra march
Published: October 9, 2013
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ST. CROIX - In observation of October for Breast Cancer Observation Month, the American Cancer Society on St. Croix will be holding its Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event, My Pink Bra - Life, Hope, Strength.
The event will take place 6:30 p.m. Saturday from the Fredensthal Moravian Church in Western Suburbs to the Christiansted Bandstand, where a brief ceremony will be held.
Vivian Furet, event coordinator, said they are hoping for a large turnout like they had last year and for people to come out to help raise awareness of the importance of early detection in the fight.
She said Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights will be accompanying the striders on the walk through downtown Christiansted with their high-tempo quelbe music.
Furet said a workshop was held Oct. 5 where residents were able to decorate their pink bra in any way that they wanted.
"We have a number of very beautiful bras that have been decorated just for this event and we want people to decorate their pink bras, come out and have fun for the cause and help us raise awareness," she said.
Volunteers will be at Sunny Isle Kmart from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Thursday conducting registration and everyone who makes a minimum donation of $10 will be given a Making Strides T-shirt, while those who donate $15 or more will be given a polo shirt.
"When they do this, they will be able to wear their pink bra over the shirt to proclaim their support in the fight," Furet said.
Furet said the community has already been coming out in full support of the event and there have already been contributions to the event. She said St. Croix classes of the '80s recently made a $1,000 donation to the fundraiser.
"We are really thankful to them for their generous support," she said. "These funds will remain in the territory and will be used to help cover the cost of mammograms and follow up care for many woman who cannot afford it."
Furet said with all of the support the society received last year, from its various fundraisers, they have been able to increase the number of mammograms that they give each year to 100 and have seen the rate of breast cancer-related deaths decline.
For more information, to make donations or to register contact 778-2882.
- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.