POINT PLEASANT — October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and several activities are planned around the state of West Virginia for individuals to show their commitment to fight against breast cancer.
Various organizations across the state will hold wreath hanging ceremonies, balloon launches, proclamation readings, and more to raise awareness of breast cancer and call attention to the need for early detection.
Activities are scheduled to take place at county courthouses, community centers, libraries, post offices and other sites throughout the state. The events will include information about breast cancer, resources for free or low-cost breast cancer screening services, celebration of breast cancer survivors and much more.
The Mason County Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS) will be sponsoring its annual wreath hanging ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 11 a.m. at the Mason County Library in Point Pleasant. Light refreshments will be offered inside the library following the ceremony.
The wreath hanging ceremony is held each year to recognize breast cancer survivors, support those fighting the disease and remember those that have lost the battle.
On Oct. 19, the Mason County CEOS will be sponsoring its annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk for Women. The walk will be held at Krodel Park with registration beginning at 10 a.m., followed by the walk at 11 a.m. Live entertainment will be featured at the walk this year. Donations from the walk benefit the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Diagnostic and Treatment (D&T) Fund. The D&T Fund, created by the West Virginia State Legislature in 1996, helps pay for diagnostic and limited treatment services for uninsured West Virginia women who may not be able to otherwise afford breast and cervical cancer screening and treatment services. Every dollar raised supplements the D&T Fund and allows more women to access screening services.
Other fundraisers are taking place as well such as for a fee of $10 anyone may request that a flock of pink flamingos be placed in another person’s yard. This is known as “You Have Been Flamingoed” and a request can be made by calling 304-593-3713. Also, t-shirts are for sale at the Mason County Health Department at the cost of $10 for sizes small-extra large and $12 for sizes 1X-3X. The shirts feature a sock monkey with the logo “Sock it to Cancer.”
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month began in 1985 with a goal to increase awareness of the importance of early detection of breast cancer through public and professional educational outreach efforts. The involvement of major nonprofit groups, national cancer organizations, and government agencies ensures observances reach millions of people and extends into communities across America.
Erin (Perkins) Johnson contributed to this article.