LAKEWOOD - LINKS Charity will host the second annual LINKS Pink Walk: A Celebration of Courage presented by Jamestown Radiologists, Medline and Whisper's Boutique at Patient's Pharmacy on Saturday at the Chautauqua Mall, 318 E. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood.
The LINKS Pink Walk festivities will begin at 10 a.m. with registration and family-friendly activities, including the balloon man, face painting, games, pink nails, pink feathers, pink extensions, pink refreshments and a basket giveaway. At 10:45 a.m., LINKS Charity will pay tribute to the courage of all those who have battled breast cancer, including the premier of "The Pink Glove Dance" video on a large screen in center court.
At 11 a.m., the walk will begin and be led by breast cancer survivors as all walkers will carry the LINKS Tribute Chain, a chain featuring thousands of pink links that have been purchased in honor or in memory of loved ones who are or have battled breast cancer, both inside and outside of the Chautauqua Mall. Donations for these pink links are available at WCA Hospital, Bob Evans, Truck-Lite, Cummins, Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union branches, Jamestown Savings Bank branches, Chautauqua Mall and Jamestown Radiologists.
Following the walk, all walkers and event volunteers will be treated a complimentary picnic meal. There will be more pink-themed activities along with music provided by DJ's Unlimited.
Along with lunch, each registered walker, at a cost of $10 a person, will receive a complimentary pink event T-shirt to wear during the walk. Walkers are encouraged to pre-register and join a team online at www.FirstGiving.com/wca/2012-LINKS-Pink-Walk. Pre-registration forms and pledge sheets are available at the WCA Hospital Office of Development.
Earlier this year, LINKS Charity announced it is once again taking a leadership role in the local fight against breast cancer by making a three-year, $300,000 pledge toward the purchase of 3-D Breast Tomosynthesis. The technology will compliment LINKS Charity's most recent gift of $275,000 to aid in the diagnosis of breast cancer through the purchase of digital mammography, which is now operational in the WCA Center for Imaging & Medical Arts. LINKS Charity and WCA Hospital recognize that early detection means faster intervention, more treatment options, and improved survival rates.
"We believe that the 3-D Tomosynthesis is the next logical piece of the puzzle as it will work in conjunction with the new Digital Mammography suite at WCA," said Brad Van Riper, senior vice president for Truck-Lite and executive director for LINKS Charity. "We invite and encourage everyone to come out and join us for this family-friendly event as we celebrate courage, raise awareness, and support the future of breast cancer care here at our community hospital."