Paint the Mall Pink sponsors Middlesboro Mall, Middlesboro ARH Hospital and Air Evac Lifeteam encourage the community to “get their pink on” and have some fun at the mall’s center court beginning at 6 p.m. on Oct. 1.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Middlesboro Mall is kicking off a community-wide breast cancer awareness campaign complete with breast health and screening education and fun-filled fundraising activities including splattering pink paint on a wall at center court and participating in the pink ribbon memorial wall, pink photo booth, breast cancer survivor wall of pink ribbons, getting pink temporary tattoos and checking out the pink pumpkin patch with creative art designs by students in the visual arts class at Middlesboro High School.
There will be T-shirts, lighted pink sunglasses, pink ribbon bandanas, pink hair bows and more sold during the event and the pumpkins will be auctioned with all proceeds going to support cancer research and education.
Also during the event, Anna Faye Smiddy, breast cancer survivor and advocate for women’s health, will share the importance of regular breast exams and screenings. Smiddy also will ask all breast cancer survivors in attendance to join her on stage to be recognized for their courage in the fight against breast cancer.
Breast cancer is second only to skin cancer as the most frequently diagnosed cancer in American women. According to the American Cancer Society, in 2015, it is estimated that among U.S. women there will be 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 40,290 breast cancer deaths.
“The women in the Tri-State community deserve our support,” said Middlesboro Mall General Manager Charles Burchfield. “Get your pink on and come out to the mall on Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. and join in the planned Mall activities. Together we can raise awareness and money to help find a cure.”