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Lacey Officials Agree To Go Pink In May

Lacey Officials Agree To Go Pink In May
by Patricia A. Miller

Lacey Township Committeeman David Most didn't waste any time agreeing to support Meridian Health Systems' request to declare May "Paint the Town Pink."

He borrowed Township Attorney Lauren R. Staiger's dark pink scarf, flung it around his neck and posed for pictures with the rest of the Township Committee, Stacey Reese and Jamie Besante.

"This is the first time I've ever given out a pink one," Mayor Gary Quinn quipped, as he handed the two woman a framed pink proclamation.

The two women - both Meridian employees who work at Southern Ocean County Hospital- came to the March 13 meeting to ask for support for the month-long event. Nearby Stafford Township and Toms River are also participating.

"We'll do everything that you need," Quinn said. "It's certainly a tremendous cause."

Paint the Town Pink is an annual community-wide effort to raise awareness of the importance of annual mammography. Paint the Town Pink's goal is to encourage women 40 and up to have an annual mammogram.

The project's goals are listed on the website. They include:

Our Mission:Paint the Town Pink is an annual community-wide effort to raise awareness of the importance of annual mammography.

Our Goals:To encourage women in our community, aged 40 and older, to have their annual mammogram; to raise money to provide underserved women in our community; and to make a difference in the lives of women in our community.

How We Do It:It takes a village to achieve the mission of Paint the Town Pink, and every year that village has grown with more towns and even more supporters helping to spread the word that “early detection is a woman’s best defense against breast cancer.”

Paint the Town Pink merges a breast cancer prevention, detection and treatment campaign with a fundraising component that raises funds to provide screening mammography to underserved women in our community.

As a member of the community, we have the unique opportunity to integrate an important message into a woman’s daily routine – whether it is in the places she shops and dines; works and lives; or through her community’s schools and community organizations.

Every year in May, as women visit our Pink Partners – local businesses who support the mission of Paint the Town Pink – they are able to pledge to have their annual mammogram, learn about the importance of early detection and annual mammography, and if they choose support another woman’s mammography through the Pink Fund.

For more information about the project, click here: http://www.paintthetownpink.com/

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