Breast cancer awareness event supports women’s health services

Pink bows line the sidewalks downtown in Manistee. Each bow has a name dedicated to a survivor or someone lost to cancer. (Ashlyn Korienek/ News Advocate)

Pink bows line the sidewalks downtown in Manistee. Each bow has a name dedicated to a survivor or someone lost to cancer. (Ashlyn Korienek/ News Advocate)

MANISTEE — In honor of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month, the annual Paint the Town Pink event in Manistee brings education into the community around an issue that’s detrimental to many in society.

Walking down River Street this month, many of the businesses will be decorated with pink gear in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness and the annual Paint the Town Pink event.

Pink weather-proof bows line the downtown area, with those in the community both lost to and currently battling cancer dedicated on each bow. 

Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital Foundation invites the community to help Paint the Town Pink, at its 10th annual event at 4 p.m. on Oct. 5 at the historic Vogue Theatre in downtown Manistee. A film and walk will be held, with a ceremony in honor of survivors and victims.

“We have a special treat in store for this milestone anniversary,” said Nancy Day, Paint the Town Pink co-chair. “MHS Video Productions created a short film that demonstrates the importance of breast cancer awareness, highlights Manistee Hospital’s advanced technology, recognizes those affected by breast cancer and celebrates 10 years of Paint the Town Pink.”

The Vogue will run multiple showings of the 15-minute video. John Pomeroy will be providing musical entertainment outside the theatre.

“After the film, we encourage attendees to walk down River Street in recognition of those who have been affected by breast cancer,” said Paint the Town Pink co-chair Julie Raymond. “As in past years, businesses have decorated their storefronts with pink to show their support.”

The film and walk are free. Donations stay local to support women’s health services at Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital.

“We are so very grateful for the support of the community over the past 10 years,” said Gina Hodges, digital imaging supervisor at Manistee Hospital. “Proceeds from Paint the Town Pink have helped us remain at the forefront of women’s health, and we are proud to be able to provide state-of-the art technology to our patients.”

Manistee Hospital recently began offering digital breast tomosynthesis, a 3D technology that improves breast cancer detection.

Sherri Protasiewicz, Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital Foundation charitable giving officer, said the event acts as a way to not only support the funding for women’s services, but to allow for a conversation on the issue.

“It’s really more of a comfortable topic to talk about when you have this type of awareness,” Protasiewicz said. “I think people are more willing to get their mammography done with this event, plus we are letting people know this is something normal and proactive you should be doing.”

For more information about Paint the Town Pink, contact Sherri Protasiewicz at (231) 398-1270.

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Posted by Ashlyn Korienek

Ashlyn is the cops & courts and city reporter for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3109 or akorienek@pioneergroup.com

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