Kaweah Delta launches “Paint the Town Pink” campaign

VISALIA – Whether by wearing pink, decorating businesses or sitting down to tea, the Kaweah Delta Breast Center is asking Tulare County residents and businesses to “Paint the Town Pink” this October.  

The month’s signature event, with elaborate table decorations, finger sandwiches, delectable pastries and women donning fancy hats, will be the Breast Cancer Awareness Tea at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Visalia Marriott. The event’s featured speaker will be ABC30 Action News Anchor Liz Harrison, who will share her inspiring journey with breast cancer.  

“This is a great chance for our community to come together in support of those in our community who have breast cancer, are survivors, and to honor those who have lost their lives to it,” said Sheri Leimbach, a registered nurse and nurse navigator with the breast center and the Sequoia Regional Breast Cancer Program. “The greater awareness there is, the more likely we are to detect breast cancer early and treat it.”  

Breast Cancer is the most common cancer among women in the U.S., other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.   Tickets to the event are $25 and available for purchase at 624-2463. Event proceeds will allow the Kaweah Delta Breast Center to provide mammograms for women in need.  

Also throughout the month, the community can celebrate breast cancer awareness by taking a free risk assessment online at KaweahDelta.org and clicking on “Health Risk Assessments” to find out if they are at risk for breast cancer. Taking a health risk assessment takes minutes online and those who are deemed at highest risk may qualify for a free consultation and will receive free newsletters on how to prevent breast cancer.  

Additionally, the community can join the Paint the Town Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Challenge. Entering it is a chance to be recognized as “Best Dressed Business Display” or “Best Dressed in Pink.” Here’s how:
-Decorate your business in pink (window or indoor displays/decorations)
-Dress your employees/friends/family in pink.
-Starting Saturday, Sept. 21, submit only one picture in each category to the website link listed at http://www.facebook.com/kaweahdelta. Deadline to submit photos is Monday, Oct. 7.
-Get your friends, family and customers to like your photos on Facebook.
-Photos with the most votes by midnight on Saturday, Oct. 12, will be named “Best Dressed Business Display” or “Best Dressed in Pink” award winners and recognized at the Breast Cancer Awareness Tea on Sunday, Oct. 13, in Visalia.