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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.

Breast cancer awareness events

TUESDAY

WHAT: Citizens Medical Center's kickoff event

• WHEN: 3:30-5 p.m.

• WHERE: Citizens Medical Center's Heart Rock Cafe, 2701 Hospital Drive

INFO: Pink lemonade and cookies will be served. Attendees will receive information on breast cancer and have the chance to write messages of encouragement for patients receiving cancer treatment at the hospital. Information on the pink pumpkin contest and the ninth annual Walk for Hope will also be available. For more information, call the hospital's education department at 361-572-5064.

• WHAT: Victoria Advocate Project Pink

• WHEN: 6-8 p.m.

• WHERE: Chick-fil-A, 6104 N. Navarro St.

• INFO: The pink fire truck with Guardians of the Ribbon will be on site for signing and observance. The Advocate will pass out coloring sheets and explain the pink pumpkin patch and Walk for Hope.

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Oct. 9

WHAT: Victoria College men/women's basketball game

• WHEN: Women at 6 p.m. and men at 8 p.m.

• WHERE: VC Sports Center gym, 2200 E. Red River St.

• COST: Students $2, adults $5

• INFO: The gym will be decorated in pink and some promotional items will be for sale. VC's teams will be wearing pink, and proceeds from the games will go to the Megan Diaz Scholarship fund. Diaz, a former VC volleyball player, died from breast cancer in 2010.

Oct. 10

• WHAT: Victoria College Volleyball game

• WHEN: 7 p.m.

• WHERE: VC Sports Center gym, 2200 E. Red River St.

• COST: Students $2, adults $5

INFO: The gym will be decorated in pink and some promotional items will be for sale. VC's team will be wearing pink, and proceeds from the games will go to the Megan Diaz Scholarship fund.

Oct. 11

• WHAT: First Victoria National Bank and Elegant Touch of Class Limousines' Tickled Pink

• WHEN: 7 p.m.

• COST: $15

• WHERE: Club Westerner, 1005 W. Constitution St.

• INFO: The event benefits Guardians of the Ribbon, South Texas Chapter. In September, women were nominated by the community for a day of pampering with hair/wig and makeup services at Hair Dimensions, an afternoon at Woodhouse Day Spa, dinner at Sky Restaurant and transportation provided by Elegant Touch of Class Limousines. The night culminates with the 7 p.m. presentation of honorees followed by music by Gary Prukop, Platinum Sounds and Jerry James. There will also be a silent auction, beer and wine and casino tables for prizes. For more information about the event, email Lisa Kristynik at lkristynik@firstvictoria.com

Oct. 12

• WHAT: Citizens Medical Center Ninth Annual Walk for Hope

• WHEN: Check-in at 8 a.m. with opening ceremonies and walk to follow

• WHERE: Citizens HealthPlex, 9406 Zac Lentz Parkway

• COST: $5 registration

• INFO: Breast cancer survivors will lead walkers after taking their initial victory lap. Along the route, walkers can stop at interactive booths that will provide educational information about early detection and resources for those in treatment and their caregivers. They can also take a moment to pose for a picture in the Pink Pumpkin Patch. Proceeds from the $5 registration fee will fund Citizens' free mammogram program. The first 100 people to register will receive a commemorative T-shirt. Door prizes and raffle items will be available. To register or for more information, call Citizens' education department at 361-572-5064.

Oct. 15

• WHAT: Citizens Medical Center Breast Cancer Bunco

• WHEN: 6-9 p.m.

• WHERE: Citizens HealthPlex, 9406 Zac Lentz Parkway

• COST: $25 per person; deadline Oct. 11

• INFO: Proceeds fund mammograms for women in the community. Refreshments will be served, and prizes go to those with most wins, losses, buncos and aces.

Oct. 24

• WHAT: American Cancer Society Fourth Annual Pink Ribbon Awareness event

• WHEN: 6:30 p.m

• COST: $50 per table or reserve a table of eight for $500. Tickets can be purchased by calling the American Cancer Society at 361-578-2840.

• WHERE: Spring Creek Place Event Center, 12116 Nursery Drive.

• INFO: This year's theme is Cirque du Cure: Lions, Tigers and Bras ... Oh My! The cancer society will auction off decorated bras to the community.

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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