Think Pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month


October has been observed as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month since 1985, and was developed by the American Cancer Society. In the past 33 years, millions have taken part in events and programming to raise money and awareness of breast cancer.

Lexington has long been a part of this movement.

Here are some local events designed to help win the fight against breast cancer:


The Pink Purchase Program

The month of October

Lexus of Lexington

For every new and pre-owned vehicle sold at Lexus of Lexington until the end of October, Lexus will make a donation to the KentuckyOne Health “Yes, Mamm!” program. “Yes, Mamm!” was created to benefit underinsured patients who were often foregoing mammography due to financial pressures. Thanks to the “Yes, Mamm!” program, KentuckyOne Health Breast Care at Saint Joseph Facilities will provide more than 500 free screenings this year.


Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Oct 7, registration at noon; event begins at 3 pm

Kroger Field

The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walks raise awareness and funds to save lives from breast cancer. Each event is a noncompetitive 3 to 5 mile walk that brings people together to make a difference for everyone who has been touched by breast cancer. The events raise money to fund innovative research, provide free information and support, and to help people reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it’s most treatable.


The Empowerment Series for Women with Cancer

Oct 10, 6 to 7 pm

Central Baptist Church

The Empowerment Series for Women with Cancer is designed to help free women diagnosed with cancer from stress and fear as much as possible and provide answers to many of their questions.This free series of programs, sponsored by Baptist Health Lexington is held at Central Baptist Church, 110 Wilson Downing Road in Lexington. The programs, held once a month for eight consecutive months, feature a complimentary dinner and a speaker.  In October, the topic of focus will be “Body Image and Cancer.” The series is open to women who have ever been diagnosed with cancer regardless of where they are being treated. Participants are free to attend as many of the programs as they wish.


Yes Mamm! 5K

Oct 13

101 RJ Corman in Nicholasville

The Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation’s Fourth Annual Yes, Mamm! 5K supports the hospital’s Yes, Mamm! program. Your support provides free mammography screening and diagnostics to underinsured patients. Every dollar raised will support Yes, Mamm! programs statewide. There will be cash prizes, medals, ice cream, a hot lunch, and more. The 2017 Yes, Mamm! 5K had a crowd of over 450 and raised nearly $30,000.


Paint with a Purpose – Vera Bradley/Breast Cancer Foundation

Oct 21, 2 until 5 pm

Painting with a Twist

Painting with a Twist  will once again be partnering with Vera Bradley and an event to benefit breast cancer research. Since 2012, Painting with a Purpose events for the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer have raised over $435,000 for breast cancer research. This year, Painting with a Twist has worked with the foundation to create an exclusive painting for the events inspired by the Vera Bradley “Butterfly Flutter” pattern. This painting will only be used for this year’s events. This event is open to all ages. Each guest will also receive a free gift.


The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

Oct 27

Robert Stephens Courthouse Plaza

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure will be held Oct 27 with a 9 a. for the 5K and 9:10 am for the one-mile race. The race will be held at Robert Stephens Courthouse Plaza in downtown Lexington.

Besides helping to combat cancer, a warm feeling of satisfaction for helping others, and perhaps challenging yourself to a physical task, registered race participants will find plenty of rewards. This year, race participants will receive a medal to recognize their efforts. Participants are urged to make sure they were their bib on race day two claim a medal. Racer will also a newly-designed gray long-sleeve participant T-shirt.

Organizers have also added the Baptist Health Wall of Remembrance/Honor which honors breast cancer survivors and forever fighters. Participants can remember a lost loved one by putting their name or picture on the new Wall of Remembrance/Honor on race day.

Cancer survivors will also have a special recognition with the Lexington Clinic Survivor Chute. Survivors will be honored and recognized in their own finishing chute on race day.

And just for fun, organizers have added a Halloween costume contest.

If you wanna take part in defeating cancer, runners can register online or download a registration. The forms can be mailed to 207 N. Upper St. Lexington KY., 40507.

Registration packets can be picked up on race day or at Lexington Green Lakeside Pavilion, Oct 21-26 from 11 am to 7 pm; Team packet pick up will be held Oct 24-25 from 11 am to 7 pm. There will be a designated area for teams to gather on race day.

This year’s race day schedule is:

7 am – Survivor Breakfast

8 am – Jazzercise warm up

8:30 am – Survivor parade

9 am – 5k starts

9:10 am – 1-Mile Family Walk starts

10:30 am – Fundraising awards

This article also appears on page 14 of the October 2018 print edition of Hamburg Journal.


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