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Breast cancer awareness events prepare to kick off throughout Victoria

By JR Ortega
Sept. 30, 2013 at 4:30 a.m.

Stephanie Cunningham's department at Citizens Medical Center has started decorating its pumpkins for Project Pink and breast cancer awareness.

Have you ever seen a pink pumpkin?

They are pretty rare, but this month, they'll begin to sprout to raise awareness for breast cancer detection through Citizens Medical Center's Walk for Hope on Oct. 12 in conjunction with Project Pink.

This is the hospital's ninth annual walk but the first with its decorative pink pumpkins for a pumpkin patch, which will be judged, said Stephanie Cunningham, nurse manager for Citizens' Outpatient Infusion and Observation Units.

"I think the pumpkins get everyone involved," she said. "A little competition is always good."

Citizens' Outpatient Infusion department decorated one pumpkin with jewels and a boa, and the Observation unit decorated two, one with a tiara and another with the word "Hope" painted on it.

Cunningham said she sanded down the pumpkins and then spray-painted them for the effect, but different departments and individuals are taking different approaches.

The public can also decorate its own pumpkins, she said. Information for the pink pumpkin contest, the walk or the hospital's Bunco game will be available at the kickoff event from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the hospital's Heart Rock Cafe.

"Early detection is key to positive outcomes," Cunningham said.

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