Pink power reigns in south Fulton as cities, caregivers and congregations observe National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The Oak Hill Child, Family and Adolescent Center 2805 Metropolitan Pkwy. in Atlanta salutes late Fulton County Commissioner Joan P. Garner with a walk and health fair in her honor Oct. 7 at 9 a.m. The event includes health screenings, wellness information and giveaways.
New Life Presbyterian Church, 6600 Old National Hwy., College Park, will hold its seventh annual cancer awareness week beginning Oct. 8. Activities include a worship service Oct. 8 at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Hodari S. Williams, a charity golf tournament Oct. 12 at noon at Whitewater Creek Golf and Country Club, Fayetteville with a registration fee of $100, and a 5K walk Oct. 14 at 9 a.m. at the church with registration at $25. Gospel Jazz on the Lawn at the church is Oct. 14 at 5 p.m.; admission is free but tables can be purchased for $100. Proceeds benefit the Sisters by Choice Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research and the nonprofit Free to Breathe.
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Pink Breakfast will be served Oct. 14 at 9:30 a.m. at East Point First Mallalieu United Methodist Church, 2651 Church St. The fifth annual event will honor breast cancer survivors and caregivers and include a memorial service, poetry, music and dance. Tickets are $30.
Union City has dedicated the month of October as “Pinktober,” according to its website. The city will host a breast cancer awareness 5K on Oct. 14 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Ronald Bridges Park, 5285 Lakeside Drive. Registration is available onsite. Proceeds benefit research by the American Cancer Society. The three-mile walk and run will be an unofficially timed, flat route “perfect for strollers, families and children to run or walk,” the city posted.
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The nonprofit Caring is Doing For Others and Sandtown Pub, 5819 Campbellton Road, Atlanta, will host the inaugural She’s Mauve-lous breast cancer and domestic violence awareness event Oct. 21 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Proceeds benefit survivors.
Nonprofit founder Amealia “Mia” Miller said the event highlights “two causes of equal importance” given national attention in October.
“Breast cancer awareness is signified by wearing something pink. October is set aside to spotlight this disease and encourage early detection,” she said. “The other is domestic violence awareness. Purple is associated with national domestic violence awareness of the issues faced by abused women, men and teens.”
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WellStar Atlanta Medical Center South, 1170 Cleveland Ave., East Point, offers free mammograms weekdays through March 31, 2018 through grants from nonprofits Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta, It’s the Journey and the WellStar Foundation.
Eligible recipients of the annual screening procedure are women 40 and up who are uninsured or underinsured and meet income and residence criteria.
“Basically, no matter where they live, we’re going to help them,” hospital spokeswoman Nicole Gustin said.
Removing obstacles like financial need, Mammography Coordinator Tendai Soley said, is one way to encourage patients to get early detection.
“That has encouraged a lot of women,” she said. “They are motivated to come back because money is no longer an issue.”
Other barriers may exist, like fear of pain from compression or anxiety about the procedure’s results, but Soley said hospital workers cater to patients’ sensitivity.
“It’s better to know than not to know,” she said. “We are always gentle and we always know when to stop, because we want the patients to come back.”
Free mammograms are also offered weekdays at WellStar Atlanta Medical Center, 320 Parkway Drive N.E. in downtown Atlanta, and weekdays and Saturdays at WellStar Camp Creek Outpatient Imaging at 3890 Redwine Road in Atlanta.
One of the hospital’s benefactors, Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta, is raising money for cancer research and promoting fitness through its new Get Up Atlanta Virtual Challenge.
“The Get Up challenge is a new and innovative way to fit into the busy lives of our supporters,” nonprofit executive director Cati Diamond Stone said in a statement.
She said recent findings indicate regular exercise appears to lower breast cancer risk by up to 20 percent. The virtual challenge encourages participants to complete at least eight hours of exercise during October to raise funds for early detection education and free health services. The entry fee is $35 and the fundraising goal is $40,000.
On Oct. 23, a special celebration will be held at the Monday Night Brewing Garage, 933 Lee St. SW. Entry is free for virtual challenge participants and $30 for non-participants.