Tuscarawas County business places, schools, and offices will covered in pink paint, posters, and displays for the annual Paint Tusc Pink campaign. The goal is to draw attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. The annual observance is co-sponsored by Union Hospital, the Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce, and the Tuscarawas Clinic for the Working Uninsured.
"We do this every year to remind people of the critical message that early detection of breast cancer saves lives," according to Carey Gardner, UH director of community relations. "We hope to see pink ribbons, pink paint, and pink decorations in storefronts, windows, and front yards so Tuscarawas County is awash in pink during the month of October."
A popular event during the month is the Scare Away Breast Cancer Scarecrow Contest. Businesses and organizations are invited to create a scarecrow for display in October along the Boulevard in front of Union Hospital. The entry fee of $10 will benefit the Tuscarawas Clinic for the Working Uninsured for cervical and breast cancer screenings.
For information about creating and displaying a scarecrow, contact Brittany at Union Hospital WorkWell at 330-343-3311, ext. 2165.
The Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event during the month will be Oct. 10 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Breitenbach Winery Barn, 5934 Old Rt. 39 NW. Those attending are encouraged to wear pink attire and to enjoy pink Brietenbach wines and appetizers at the event being called the "Partini". To register for the BAH event call the Chamber office at 330-343-4474. The cost is $10 per person.
Something new this year will take place at New Towne Mall on Friday, Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Inside the mall concourse near the food court visitors will be able to walk through a giant inflatable breast torso. Health care professionals will give tours inside the enormous display to point out benign lumps, malignant lumps and discuss different stages of the breast cancer disease.
Visitors will learn about early detection guidelines and treatment of breast cancer. The educational exhibit is funded by a grant from the Regional Cancer Center at Union Hospital.