The San Marcos “Pink Heals” parade made its way through town recently to raise awareness and funds in the local fight against breast cancer. The parade, organized by San Marcos police, firefighters, and Central Texas Medical Center, ended in a rally at Plaza Park.
Hundreds participated in the Pink Heals Rally, which featured the Pink Fire Truck from the South Texas Chapter of “The Guardians of the Pink Ribbon.” Activities held in the park included live music, jumpy castle, jiggle bug train, face painting, signing the Pink Fire Truck, photos with the fire fighters, and other activities.
The Pink Heals campaign, which kicked-off Oct. 2 with a 5K run/walk, is hosted by the San Marcos Professional Firefighters Association, the San Marcos Police Officers Association and CTMC. The police and fire fighter groups raised $12,000 during the 2010 Pink Heals Campaign and presented the money to Hays County Community Action, CTMC, the Breast Cancer Resource Center and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The money was raised through the sale of 1,065 T-shirts and a 5K fun/walk.
Throughout this year’s Pink Heals campaign, the groups have been selling pink T-shirts or blue and pink shirts for $17 each. Shirts can be purchased at CTMC by calling (512) 753-3674 or emailing SMPinkHeals2011@yahoo.com. Proceeds will go to organizations in the San Marcos area that help battle all types of cancer.
A free Bra and Fashion Night event, hosted by Cami de Xclusive, FashioNation, and the Texas State Cancer Advocacy Movement for Colleges and Outreach, is scheduled for Oct. 26. The reception is at 6:15 p.m. and the fashion show will be at 7 p.m., both in the Alkek Library Teaching Theatre. The theme of the show is “Chic in Pink,” and door prizes include two iPads. The event will feature educational tables from American Cancer Society, Komen of Austin, and other organizations.
Central Texas Medical Center has teamed-up with Community Action this month to provide up to 100 free mammograms to women who cannot otherwise afford them. The hospital will provide pink carnations and inspirational bookmarks to the mammogram recipients. For more information about any of CTMC’s Pink Heals-related events and activities, visit its website or call (512) 753-3603.