About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12.4%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, according to BreastCancer.org. Each year since its inaugural in 1985, the month of October has become synonymous with the pink ribbon and raising awareness about breast cancer.
YWCA Princeton Breast Cancer Resource Center (BCRC)’s Pinktober 2018 events will begin with a Community Health Fair on Saturday, October 13th from 10 AM – 3 PM at the YWCA Princeton parking lot. Returning for the second year, services at the Community Health Fair are FREE and no insurance is required to participate in any of the screenings or checks. Free services and activities that will be offered include – free cancer screenings (mammograms, pap smears and clinical breast exams), cholesterol and blood pressure screenings, eye screenings, fitness class demonstrations, and children’s activities. Women needing a mammogram or a pap smear, are requested to register in advance by contacting BCRC at 609-497-2100 ext. 303, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BCRC will also be hosting Beyond Pink – An Art Show on Thursday, October 18th at 6PM at the D&R Greenway Johnson Education Center, which will showcase art created and/or inspired by breast cancer survivors, including breast casted sculpture, painting, photography, written poetry, and more. “Several months ago the BCRC introduced our Healing Arts Program. We watched as women embraced the creative process and allowed themselves true freedom of expression. The experience was powerful and the pieces created run the gamut from dark and moody to positively whimsical,” said Paula Flory, Director of BCRC.
Beyond Pink will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction. Tickets are $50. Anyone that would like to attend can purchase tickets here. Tickets are 100% tax deductible and the funds raised through the art show will help BCRC provide local women affected by breast cancer with support groups, professional counseling, wigs and prostheses, transportation, fitness classes, healing arts classes, retreats, and more.
The YWCA Princeton BCRC is especially grateful for the support of our sponsors: Title Sponsor Princeton Radiology, Creativity Sponsor Capital Health, Inspiration Sponsors Princeton Radiation Oncology, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton, Princeton Medical Group, The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction, Penn Medicine Princeton Health and Bloomberg Philanthropies, Media Sponsors Riverview Studios and Skalli Events Inc., and In-Kind Sponsors Tiger’s Tale Bar & Grill, Chez Alice, Olives, Lillipies Bakery, Viburnum Designs, Mercer County Community College and IQuisine.
For information on YWCA Princeton BCRC services, please visit www.ywcaprinceton.org/bcrc.