Winter Park Memorial Hospital Attempts World Record to Raise Awareness for Breast Cancer
Pink Out Winter Park 2012 seeks to engage local community and spread awareness on breast health
WINTER PARK, Fla., Sept. 9, 2012 — More than 2,100 Winter Park residents literally took a stand against breast cancer, in an attempt to not only raise awareness but break the Guinness World Record for the most number of people standing on one leg, like a flamingo. The official results will not be in for several weeks but the record to beat was 1,103 which was set in Denmark in March 2012.
This September and October, Winter Park Memorial Hospital, the City of Winter Park and Park Avenue and Hannibal Square merchants will once again come together to participate in Pink Out, an awareness effort turning the city pink to encourage women to get their annual mammograms and support women in need of financial assistance for annual mammograms.
“Pink Out encourages everyone in the community to get involved and serves as a powerful reminder about breast cancer awareness that will not be able to be overlooked this year,” said Winter Park Mayor Ken Bradley. “Breast cancer can affect women unexpectedly. The scholarship fund helps to ensure that all women can receive the proper screenings at the required times.”
All along Park Avenue and Hannibal Square, participating local retailers and food and service vendors will donate proceeds from sales through the month to the Winter Park Memorial Hospital Mammography Scholarship Fund, which provides free diagnostic services to women who cannot afford their yearly recommended screenings. Through the funds raised during last year’s Pink Out, 30 women received mammograms. One woman was diagnosed with breast cancer and went on to receive treatment.
As the shopping takes off through the month, the Pink Out flamingos will flock to iconic locations and homes around Winter Park. For $10, participants can show their support for breast cancer awareness by donating a flamingo that can be placed in their yard and another that can be added to the growing flock of flamingos on Park Avenue, along with a name tag honoring a survivor or loved one affected by breast cancer.
Visit www.pinkoutwinterpark.com to see the Pink Out event schedule and for more information on participating vendors, the importance of annual mammograms and self breast checks and the mammography scholarship fund.
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