Pink & Proud: City of Tallahassee, Leon County Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness [SLIDE SHOW]

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UPDATED 10.4.2012 by Julie Montanaro

Tallahassee is dressed up in pink today to support those battling breast cancer and encourage women everywhere to be vigilant in screening for it.

A car parked outside city hall is covered with pink ribbon stickers.

Those stickers have words of encouragement for people fighting the disease, words of gratitude for survivors and words of remembrance for those who've lost their battles with breast cancer.

Anyone could stop by and add their well wishes to the car.

Joe Anne Hart added a ribbon for one of her sorority sisters.

"Her name is Michelle Bates. She lives in Jupiter, Florida. She survived breast cancer, had a double mastectomy and she is now a year cancer free," Hart said.

The car will be driven around town all next week. It's a rolling billboard to raise awareness of the number one cancer killer of women.

Tallahassee, FL - The City of Tallahassee has taken to heart the community campaign to Paint the Town Pink starting this Thursday and residents will see signs of support throughout the city. As partners in the Go Pink Breast Cancer Awareness initiative, the City of Tallahassee will 'paint' two of its most noticeable features pink - City Hall and the iconic City Water Tower near I-10 west of Magnolia Street. Additional events include free pink donuts and coffee for StarMetro customers, pink ribbons on all Police cars, a "Drive Home Your Support" car in front of City Hall and much more.

"Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among American women, but it can be easily detected and treated," said Mayor John Marks. "Please join me, my fellow Commissioners and City staff in recognizing 'Pink Day' as an opportunity to save lives by increasing awareness of the importance of breast cancer exams."
The lights that light up the City's logoed water tower on I-10 will be pink starting Thursday in partnership with Lawson and Lawson Electrical Services, and will continue throughout the month. City Hall will be also illuminated with temporary lighting on Thursday night to give the front of the building a larger than life pink glow.
Beginning at 7 a.m. on Thursday, October 4, in C.K. Steele Plaza, employees will hand out free breast cancer support ribbons and pink donuts with coffee to StarMetro customers making their daily commutes.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., citizens will have the opportunity to commemorate loved ones by writing messages of remembrance and hope on pink ribbon decals. Citizens will then place the decals on a white Ford Focus, which will be used around town the following week for city business.

"This decorated city vehicle will serve as our rolling memory board," said Michelle Bono, who is coordinating the campaign for the City. "We know that nearly every person in Tallahassee knows someone touched by this disease and we are honored to join the Tallahassee Democrat and the American Cancer Society in literally driving home the message."

In addition, City employees are encouraged to wear pink on Thursday, ribbons will adorn City buildings and equipment including all police cars, and the City's TV station, WCOT, will showcase a pink message board.

For more information, please visit or call the City of Tallahassee at 891-8533.

Leon County, FL - Leon County has joined forces with partners throughout the community in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is during October. This month, there will be plenty of reminders, activities and educational opportunities throughout Leon County as part of the community's "Paint the Town Pink" initiative.

"Leon County is proud to join the numerous members of our community who have taken steps to heighten awareness of this serious health issue of breast cancer," said Leon County Commission Chairman Akin Akinyemi.

Leon County Government will participate in the "Paint the Town Pink" initiative through several County services.

● The Leon County Courthouse will be illuminated with pink lighting the evening of Thursday, Oct. 4.
● Leon County EMS Paramedics will wear pink medical gloves for all service calls during the month of October.
● Leon County Recycling will display a pink recycling roll-off container in front of the Courthouse. The bin will circulate throughout the month at the Collins Main Library (downtown), Traffic Court and other locations.
● The LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library System, including the Collins Main Library (downtown) and its branch libraries, will feature select books.
● The Leon County website will feature a unique County seal changing the traditional colors for pink.

"The display of pink is a small but significant symbol of support for our mothers, aunts, daughters, friends and neighbors who continue to fight against this terrible disease," said Leon County Administrator Vincent S. Long.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a partnership of national public service organizations, professional medical associations and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, and share information on the disease.

To view photos of Leon County's Pink Initiative during October,
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