Paint it Pink readies for October

By Portia Williams

September 17, 2013

Portia Williams

PDT Staff Writer

SOMC Cancer center is gearing up for the “Paint it Pink 2013” campaign. The kick off for Paint It Pink is set to begin Oct. 1 in line with Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Wendi Waugh, SOMC Cancer Center Administrative Director of SOMC Cancer Services and Community Health and Wellness, said the Paint It Pink campaign slate of events are in place.

“We will begin with the Paint It Pink T-shirt sale and the free breast cancer screening Oct. 8,” Waugh said. “It doesn’t matter if people have insurance or not everyone can receive the service. They will get a free clinical breast exam, and then we’ll give them an order to schedule their mammogram,” Waugh said.

Waugh said pre-registration is required to participate in the free breast cancer screening. Participants should contact the SOMC Cancer Center to preregister.

According to Waugh, Oct. 18 is a highly anticipated day for Paint It Pink.

“Oct. 18 is the big day. That is the day that we ask everyone in town to wear pink. Hopefully, all of the businesses will allow their employees to wear pink. It doesn’t have to be one of our shirts, just wear pink,” Waugh said.

Waugh said she is elated by what the Paint it Pink campaign has evolved into.

“I am extremely proud, and humbled by the way that the community supports this initiative. It seems like each year it just gets bigger, and bigger,” Waugh.

Waugh said she has already been contacted by several businesses in regard to the Paint It Pink campaign.

“People are asking about it. Several businesses have called, saying, ‘We can’t wait. What are the shirts going to look like this year?’” Waugh said.

Paint It Pink t-shirts will be available at the SOMC Cancer Center, and the SOMC Gift Gallery.

Paint It Pink campaign schedule:

Oct. 1 - Paint It Pink T-shirts go on sale

Oct. 8 - 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Free Breast Cancer Screening SOMC Cancer Center Call 740-356-8234 to register

Oct. 18 - All Day Event Paint It Pink | Wear Pink!

Oct. 19 - 8 a.m. Race starts 7 a.m. Registration starts Paint It Pink 5K Run/Walk SOMC LIFE Center Register at www.active.com or return form to the SOMC Cancer Center or

SOMC LIFE Center Oct. 19 - noon - 1:30 p.m.

Pink Zumbathon® Tracy Park | Tickets $8 in advance $10 day of event

Oct. 19 - noon - 3 p.m. Party in the Park Tracy Park

Oct. 19 - 3 p.m. Ceremonial Pink March Tracy Park | Line up at 2:30 p.m. Wear Pink

Oct. 21 - 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. - Shawnee State University Soccer Game Pink Out

Portia Williams may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 286 or portiawilliams@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Portia on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.