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Events scheduled for breast cancer awareness campaign

Published 8:23am Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Color the Town Pink campaign sponsored by The Wetumpka Herald kicked off Tuesday.

Residents and businesses are encouraged to display pink bows or other pink decorations in support of the effort to draw attention to October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Several events are already planned during the month, both by The Wetumpka Herald and other organizations.

•Wetumpka Health and Rehabilitation is holding a Pink Pumpkin Contest to benefit the Joy to Life Foundation. Everyone is invited to decorate a pink pumpkin and enter the competition.

Registration fee is $5 per pumpkin. Entries will be accepted at Wetumpka Health and Rehabilitation, 1825 Holtville Road in Wetumpka, through Oct. 15.

Viewing and judging will be Oct. 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. Entries will be judged by the public – each vote is $1. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place pumpkins. All proceeds will be donated to the Joy to Life Foundation.

•Wetumpka Walgreens is asking customers for “change” to help make a change in breast cancer cure.

Change can be dropped in the donation jar at the front register. In addition, anyone who would like to make a tribute to someone who is currently battling cancer, is a survivor of cancer or has lost the battle can be included on a special poster.

•The Capital City Rollin Rebels Roller Derby team will host Pink the Rink Oct. 5 starting at 4 p.m. The Rebels consist of members from around the tri-county area, and come together at Looney’s Super Skate in Montgomery. Proceeds will be donated to the Joy to Life Foundation.

•The Wetumpka Fire Department is selling Pink T-shirts (same design as last year). Shirts are $10 each and are available at Fire Station 1 on South Main Street, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a limited supply. Proceeds benefit cancer research.

•Throughout October, 2 Guys and a Bakery in downtown Wetumpka will sell pink cupcakes for breast cancer awareness. For each pink cupcake sold, 30 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society for breast cancer research.

•The Wetumpka Color the Town Pink Walk, hosted by The Wetumpka Herald in partnership with the City of Wetumpka will be held Oct. 17 at 12 p.m. beginning at the Wetumpka Civic Center fountain. There will be a brief program, then attendees will stroll along the riverwalk to the overlook in Gold Star Park for a pink balloon release. There will be free pink items available for attendees.

•Crossfit Intrigue in Wetumpka will hold a Barbells for Boobs event Oct. 26. Barbells for Boobs is a nonprofit organization that provides funding to pay for breast cancer detection services as a last resort for thousands of people who don’t qualify for assistance elsewhere.

Crossfit affiliates around the world come together to coordinate fund­raisers at their local gym. Barbells for Boobs participants sign up and raise funds with a pledge to complete a benchmark workout.

Each competitor is encouraged to raise at least $80 but many raise much more. The day of the event, participants dress in pink from head to toe and will be organized into heats. Donations can be made at the facility, by contacting any participating member or online at

Further details about campaign events will be published in future issues.

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