SEGMENT: Breast Cancer Awareness events for October

SEGMENT: Breast Cancer Awareness events for October
Upcoming events
Upcoming events

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - October is just a few weeks away and along with it comes Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

So here to tell us more about the deadly disease and an upcoming local event is Dr. Paula Walker King from Columbus State University.

Watch the segment to learn more and check out the list of events below.

6th Annual Paint the Town Pink Walk/Run

West Central Georgia Cancer Coalition (WCGCC) will hold its 6th Annual Paint the Town Pink Walk/Run for breast cancer awareness on Friday, October 2.

Registration begins at 4 p.m., and the walk/run begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Dillingham Bridge in Woodruff Park.

The cost to participate prior to October 1 is $30, which includes a T-shirt and pink glow item. The price increases to $40 the day of the event.  Shirt sizes are not guaranteed after September 12.

All proceeds will benefit the WCGCC, a 501c3 organization whose vision is "to reduce the burdens of cancer in the communities we serve with "Neighbors Helping Neighbors.""

Please visit for more information and to complete registration online.

Butterfly Release Celebration of Life

Additionally, the West Central Georgia Cancer Coalition will hold a Butterfly Release Celebration of Life on October 2.

The goal of the Butterfly Release event is to recognize and celebrate those who have journeyed through cancer.

Butterflies will be released as a memorable and magical way of celebrating Life.  Proceeds will support WCGCC "Neighbors helping Neighbors" project.

The event takes place at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts outside the Grand Lobby (900 Broadway) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

West Central Georgia Cancer Coalition announces Pink Sunday

The West Central Georgia Cancer Coalition seeks to partner with local faith-based organizations to educate their congregations and the community on breast cancer, breast health and the importance of early detection while raising awareness about the disease.

WCGCC will be observing "Pink Sunday" on October 18. Local faith-based organizations are invited to join in the fight against breast cancer during Breast Cancer Awareness Month by observing Pink Sunday.

You are invited to observe this day and celebrate survivorship, as well as honor those who have lost the battle and recognize those who are currently on the journey.

On this day, participants are asked to take up a donation and choose WCGCC as their charity of choice. The funds donated will go to the "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" Fund, whereby cancer patients are able to apply for assistance to help with their daily living expenses.

Participants are asked to encourage their congregations to wear pink to show their support, to honor survivors, celebrate their courage, and to remember those who have lost their battle with breast cancer.  Use this Sunday as an opportunity to share with friends, family members and neighbors the life-saving message of early detection.

There are many other ways you can celebrate Pink Sunday at your church:

•Celebrate survivors with pink flowers

•Create a Wall of Hope with names of survivors and those who have lost their battles with breast cancer

•Conduct a candlelight prayer service

•Ask a survivor to tell her story during the service so others may benefit from her experience

•Host a reception after the service with pink lemonade and cake

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