It’s time to turn Tuscarawas County a strong shade of pink again during the month of October.

Tuscarawas County businesses, schools and offices are invited to cover themselves in pink paint, posters and displays throughout the month of October for the annual "Paint Tusc Pink" campaign to generate attention for Breast Cancer Awareness and the importance of screening mammograms.

Paint Tusc Pink is a free community program sponsored by Cleveland Union Hospital’s Community Health and Wellness Department and the Regional Cancer Center at Union Hospital, and is co-sponsored by Trinity Hospital Twin City’s Community Outreach Department, the Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce and WJER Radio.

Along with the pink recognition, some of the key healthcare points that are promoted throughout the month are the following:

· One in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lives

· Both women and men are at risk for breast cancer

· Mammography saves lives

Union Hospital and Trinity Hospital Twin City serve as contact points for the popular Paint Tusc Pink yard signs that can be used as part of displays. There is no cost to participate.

Businesses, schools and organizations that put up a display or simply want to have a Paint Tusc Pink sign can contact Union Hospital’s Community Relations Department at (330) 308-3599, or send an e-mail to information@unionhospital.org; or, call Trinity Hospital Twin City at (740) 922-7450 Ext. 2198, or send an e-mail to ajones@trinitytwincity.org.

Hospital staff members will take photos of displays around the region and display them on social media, too, or photos can be e-mailed to the hospitals at the provided e-mail addresses. Follow the updates and photos on the websites and social media pages (Facebook and Twitter) of each hospital, as well as on WJER Radio.

In addition, both hospitals also are sponsoring free special events in October to help promote awareness.

Union Hospital will host a free "Ladies Night Out" event on Oct. 3 (Wednesday) featuring Cleveland Clinic Akron General Breast Surgical Oncologists Mary K. Murray, M.D., and Michelle L. Bryan, M.D. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and presentations from Dr. Murray and Dr. Bryan will begin at 6:30 p.m.

All activities will be held in the conference rooms surrounding the cafeteria on the hospital’s ground floor. Gift bags will be presented to all registered attendees, prizes will be awarded and refreshments will be available. Registration is required. Groups of friends and families are encouraged to attend. Call 330.308.3599 or visit the "Health Events" section on the hospital website at www.unionhospital.org.

Trinity Hospital Twin City will host "In The Pink," a free health event to combat breast cancer through education, awareness survivor recognition. In The Pink will take place at the hospital (819 N. 1st St., Dennison) on Oct. 18 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The featured speaker is Dr. Denise Gilman, a Trinity Health System general surgeon. Dr. Gilman will be joined by a panel of local breast cancer survivors.

Healthy snacks, door prizes and free gifts will be available. Registration can be made on the hospital website at www.trinitytwincity.org, or call 740.922.7450, Ext. 2124.

Information about Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital and all of its services available to the community is available on the hospital website at www.unionhospital.org, and on the hospital’s pages on Facebook and Twitter (@Union_Hospital).