To acknowledge Breast Cancer Awareness Month, OnlineAthens/Athens Banner Herald kicks off their Athens Goes Pink campaign today.
Athens Goes Pink benefits One Day for Mammograms, which provides free mammograms to women who otherwise might not be able to afford the benefits of early detection.
This month, look for a series of events and information on how you can take part in the fight against breast cancer, including the Athens Goes Pink Photo Contest.
The photo contest provides a fun way to honor and remember those friends and loved ones touched by breast cancer. Categories for the photo contest include individual, group, best use of pink breast cancer awareness ribbon, best in show and best all-around. The contest is open to everyone, amateurs and professionals alike.
Online photo submissions will be accepted through Oct. 23. Readers can vote online Oct. 24-31 for their favorites.
To submit photos, visit www.onlineathens.com/pinkphoto.
Top vote-getters in each category will be featured in OnlineAthens and Athens Banner-Herald in November. In addition, a wide variety of prizes are up for grabs. Those prizes include $500 gift certificates to Stripling’s General Store, tickets to UGA sporting events, and a food and wine festival package.
Participation in the contest will raise awareness while benefiting One Day for Mammograms, where local providers including Piedmont Athens Regional and St. Mary’s Health Care, join together to provide mammograms at no charge. Since the program began, One Day for Mammograms has provided more than 500 mammograms for uninsured women.
Jeff Brown, director of Radiology and Cardiovascular Services at St. Mary’s, emphasized that raising breast cancer awareness continues to be essential, with breast cancer as the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women.
“Programs like One Day for Mammograms bridge the gap created by fear and lack of resources in segments of the population going unserved,” said Brown. “Breast self-examination is a vital component of prevention, but mammograms remain the standard for changes that can’t be found on a physical level alone.”
And since one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives, early detection is key. Connie Phelps, director of Piedmont Athens Regional’s breast health center, emphasizes the importance of raising awareness and early detection.
Due to efforts such as this, in which women are able to have regular mammograms, Phelps said “survival rates continue to increase due to early detection, increased awareness and improved treatment options.”
The Athens Banner Herald’s efforts also include a Page of Hope, where this year for no charge readers can honor or memorialize loved ones affected by this disease. Photos can be submitted to www.onlineathens.com/pageofhope/submit. Submitted photos are due by noon Oct. 26.
If you would like to make a donation to One Day for Mammograms, contact Tina Laseter at (706) 208-2318 or email@example.com.