PinkLink Hits the Streets to Promote Women’s Only 5K Walk & Run
For the second consecutive year, a CareLink ambulance has been wrapped in a colorful vinyl design promoting the Women’s Only 5K Walk and Run.
The Oct. 6 fundraiser helps provide screening mammograms for hundreds of local women who can’t afford them. “The vinyl-covered ambulance is a great way to remind the public about the Women’s Only,” says Cindy Farrand, President, Women’s Hospital. “It is also a wonderful way for our community to remember all of the mothers, wives and sisters who have faced breast cancer and to emphasize just how important it is to get a screening mammogram.”
People are encouraged to sign the CareLink ambulance dubbed “PinkLink” starting at its Women’s Only appearance. Last year, more than 5,000 signatures or messages of remembrance or hope were written on PinkLink during its appearance at fall festivals and other area events. “It was moving and memorable to see so many people signing the truck as a way of remembering and recognizing those who have had breast cancer,” says Thomas Tucker, Lead Communications Specialist, CareLink. This is the 20th anniversary of the Women’s Only and the design features faces of many of the participants from previous years.
PinkLink will be at the Women’s Only at Women’s Hospital on Oct. 6. The event is the largest fundraiser for the Mammography Scholarship Fund and is expected to attract 3,500 participants. The Women’s Only begins at 8 a.m. with the Girls’ Only race for participants 4 to 6 years old. The Expo will feature activities for the entire family.
Registration is $30 before Sept. 15 and $40 afterward. Girls’ Only registration is $10. All registration proceeds go to the Mammography Scholarship Fund. The fund helps women obtain mammograms who might not otherwise be able to afford one. Women can register by going to www.womensonlyrun.com .
Those looking to volunteer, exhibit or become a sponsor can also go to the website for additional information.
People can follow the event conversation on Twitter at #WO5K.
Breast cancer kills more than 1,000 women a year in North Carolina alone. Mammograms are considered the best way to detect breast cancer in its earliest, most treatable stage.