Column: Be aware, and think pink

Oct. 19, 2013 @ 01:50 AM

One would have to be a total recluse to not know it’s breast cancer awareness month. The signature bright pink ribbon seems to adorn everything in October, from grocery items to NFL player uniforms.

Locally you’ll also find pink everywhere from restaurants to Belk’s Department Store. Even the News-Topic logo was pink to highlight our breast cancer edition last week, and we’ll be pink again on Oct. 24, when we have a cancer awareness edition.

Partnering with the McCreary Cancer Center and the Wig Bank of Caldwell County, Tuesday will be Girls Night Out, a Passionately Pink evening celebrating survivors and women. This will be a very casual evening and just meant to be a reminder that many women have survived breast cancer and that we’re happily able to enjoy each other’s company.

It’s still possible to join the group. Here’s how:

Stop by the News-Topic on Monday or Tuesday morning or visit the Wig Bank from 3-5 on Tuesday. Gift bags are only $10 and include a T-shirt ($15 value), pink wristband and other goodies. Tours of the Wig Bank are available until 7 p.m. Finally we’ll be meeting at the Carolina Mist Winery at 7 p.m. for appetizers and desserts, door prizes and friendship. There’s no agenda, just a relaxing time spent with friends. Your admission is your pink wristband, which can be purchased at the door.

Other activities this month have included a pancake breakfast with funds going to women who need breast screenings but are unable to afford them; the Wig Bank’s Monster Mash on Oct. 26 (tickets still available); and a Monster Mash ring raffle the same evening (you need not be present to win). Many classrooms have also addressed the subject, as have some churches and women’s group.

We are bombarded with information this month, and while some might complain, it’s truly very good. Knowledge is power and saves lives. The marketing push reminds people of the importance and success of research, for not only breast cancer but all types of cancer. Cancer touches all of our lives. Is there anyone in our community that hasn’t had a family member or friend suffer through cancer?

I’ll be at the Girls Night Out on Tuesday evening, enjoying the time with old and new friends, and remembering one of my best friends, Maureen, who lost her battle to breast cancer eight years ago.