It's time to turn Tuscarawas County a strong shade of pink again for the month of October.
Tuscarawas County businesses, schools and offices are invited to cover themselves in pink paint, posters and displays for the annual "Paint Tusc Pink" campaign to generate attention for Breast Cancer Awareness in October.
Paint Tusc Pink is a free community program sponsored by 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.
Carey Gardner, director of community relations at Union Hospital, said that in recent years, the Susan G. Komen Foundation reported that the number of women in the Tuscarawas Valley who have been diagnosed with breast cancer had increased, but death rates from the disease are down.
"The Komen Foundation reports a decline in breast cancer deaths, which indicates that breast cancer is being diagnosed more often because more women are having mammograms," Gardner said. "Events such as Paint Tusc Pink increase awareness and encourage women to have mammograms on an annual basis as they take charge of their overall health."
"The community's support and participation through all of the pink-themed displays, events and posters helps reinforce the message that early detection saves lives," said Jennifer Demuth, marketing and grant coordinator for Trinity Hospital Twin City.
"The outpouring of support for Paint Tusc Pink is gratifying and important to reflect that the people of our area stand united in the fight against breast cancer."
Both hospitals serve as contact points for 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 email@example.com; or, call Trinity Hospital Twin City at 740-922-7450 ext. 2198, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.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 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 special events during the last week of October to help promote awareness.
Union Hospital's Community Health and Wellness Department and the Regional Cancer Center at Union Hospital will host "It's All About You Girlfriend!," a free women's health event scheduled Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. in the Founders Hall Auditorium at Kent State University at Tuscarawas. The event features Dr. Chinyere Orafu of Ohio Laser and Wellness Center at Dover, who is an OB/GYN physician on the staff at Union Hospital, and she will be joined by a panel of women's health experts for an evening of fun and information. Refreshments, door prizes and gift bags for all are included. Registration is required and can be made online at www.unionhospital.org/events.
Trinity Hospital Twin City will host "In The Pink," a free health event to combat breast cancer through education, awareness and survivor recognition. In The Pink will take place at the hospital (819 N. 1st St., Dennison) on Oct. 27 with a health fair beginning at 5 p.m. Featured speakers and survivor recognition will begin at 6 p.m., and the event will conclude with a special walk by candlelight. Featured speaker will be Katelyn Obermiller, CNP, a board certified nurse practitioner. A panel of three local breast cancer survivors also will share their experiences. Healthy snacks, door prizes and free gifts will be provided. Registration can be made through the calendar of events online at www.trinitytwincity.org.
The Union Hospital staff also will offer space on the hospital lawn off the Boulevard for its annual "Scare Away Breast Cancer Scarecrow Contest" open during the entire month of October. For only $10, entrants can create a pink-themed 4-to-7-foot scarecrow for judging and display to the public with proceeds going to the Tuscarawas Clinic for the Working Uninsured to help fund cervical and breast cancer screenings. For complete details and to enter, call 330-343-3311 ext. 2165 or ext. 2197.
Information about 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).