WEIRTON - C.H.A.N.G.E. Inc. is once again preparing for its "Paint the Town Pink" campaign, helping to spread the word about breast cancer treatment and prevention.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and this year C.H.A.N.G.E. Inc., Athena's Closet and the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program have partnered to sponsor "Paint the Downtown Pink" during the month of October.
An awareness walk is scheduled for Oct. 4 and begins at C.H.A.N.G.E. Inc.'s parking lot, 3136 West St. with registration beginning at 5 p.m. The walk will conclude with refreshments at Cove Commons.
Athena's Closet, a local organization which raises money and awareness for breast cancer, has teamed up with C.H.A.N.G.E. Inc. for the annual 'Paint the Town Pink' campaign. There is a walk and rally scheduled to take place on Oct. 4 at 5 p.m. in the C.H.A.N.G.E. Inc. parking lot located at 3136 West St. Pictured from left is Georgia Anetakis, Loretta Lescallette, Dawn Ohalek, Patti Blanc and Debbie Savage. -- Angelina Dickson
"The Walk for Women is intended to raise awareness of the need for breast cancer screenings, to honor breast cancer survivors and to remember those who have died from the disease," said Judy Raveaux, C.H.A.N.G.E. Inc. chief executive officer.
All the proceeds raised from the walk will stay in West Virginia and supplement the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Diagnostic and Treatment Fund, a fund created by the West Virginia Legislature in 1996 to help pay for diagnostic and limited treatment services for uninsured and underinsured women who otherwise may not be able to afford breast and cervical cancer services.
"We want to continue to raise money and awareness while keeping the funds locally," said Patty Blanc of Athena's Closet. "Our organization has been raising money for years and with a partnership with C.H.A.N.G.E. Inc., we are hoping to get a large turnout in support of this great cause so sign up and get ready for the walk."
During the campaign, local businesses are being asked to place pink bows and posters, which are available for free, in their storefronts and add any additional pink decor in order to "Paint the Town Pink."
Door prizes for the best decorated will be judged by Mayor George Kondik.
For additional information call (304) 797-7733.
(Dickson can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)