The City of Miami Gardens is “Painting the City Pink” this October to support breast cancer awareness. Vice Mayor Felecia Robinson, who is spearheading this campaign, wants every woman to be proactive about their health.
“We know this disease kills. Cancer knows no name, no ethnicity, no religious background or belief, no gender,” says Robinson. “We want you to go to the doctor, take time every month and perform your own breast exam and ask questions.”
Women of all ages are encouraged to participate in events throughout the month, but husbands, fathers, children, family, friends and neighbors are also encouraged to come out and support the survivors and families who have lost loved ones. In addition, throughout October Memorial Heathcare and the Florida Department of Health will be providing free mammograms, and the Florida Department of Health free pap smears.
Each year, breast cancer kills more than 40,000 women in the United States and another 22,000 women are diagnosed with the disease. Miami-Dade County has higher rates of advanced stage breast cancer diagnosis compared to the state average, and also suffers from the highest breast and cervical cancer death counts among African-Americans and Hispanics in Florida.
For more information or to make a contribution towards Paint the City Pink Month, contact Shantelle Smith at [email protected] or 305-622-8000 ext. 2789.
PINK MONTH ACTIVITIES:
Mural Unveiling, Pink Walk and Health Resource Fair – October 3rd
Healthy Happy Hour – October 8th
Survivors Retreat – October 10th
Paint the City Pink Food Truck Invasion – October 16th
Pink Tea – October 18th
Zoe’s Dolls presents The Living Doll Experience – October 25th