Komen Charlotte 6th Annual Pink Sunday - April 26, 2015
Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Charlotte Affiliate, presents its 6th annual Pink Sunday event. Participation in Pink Sunday provides churches and faith-based organizations with free breast cancer awareness information to include the warning signs of breast cancer, the importance of early detection and the availability of free mammograms for those without health insurance. Talking points and scripts are also provided to assist church organizations in presenting information to their members.

Pink Sunday is an important educational program designed to raise awareness of breast cancer, and increase the number of women receiving mammograms in the African-American and Hispanic churches or other faith-based organizations. Many churches ask their congregation to wear pink on this day. Some honor their survivors by having a special presentation, giving pink roses, allowing a survivor to speak, etc. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate lives of people affected with breast cancer, encourage their families and caregivers, to increase breast cancer awareness within our religious community and inspire hope to those individuals stricken with the disease and their families.

In 2014, Komen's Pink Sunday event impacted 300 churches. More than 50,000 pieces of educational materials were distributed to bring breast health awareness and education to the faith community. This year, their goal is to increase these numbers and they are well on their way.

History: Pink Sunday began five years ago because of the following statistics
  • African American women are diagnosed with late stage breast cancer at nearly twice the rate of other populations

  • African American women have a higher death rate from breast cancer than other populations

  • Only 52% of African American women report having a mammogram in the past year

We believe that breast health education and awareness can change these statistics in all races and ethnicities in Komen Charlotte's 13-county service area.

Registration and materials provided are FREE. Online registration can be completed at http://charlotte.info-komen.org/site/Calendar/970717028. The deadline to register is March 15. Please call for additional information: Contact: Susan G. Komen Charlotte Office / Phone: (704) 347-8181 or visit www.komencharlotte.org.
 

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