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Distinguished Steppers Unlimited of Clarksville to host 2nd Annual Pink Empowerment Event for Breast Cancer Awareness

Event will be held at Burt-Cobb Community Center

Distinguished Steppers UnlimitedClarksville, TN – On October 1st, 2016 the Distinguished Steppers Unlimited (DSU) of Clarksville will kick-off this year’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a visual reminder of the importance breast health, early breast cancer detection and treatment.

The highlight of this event has been to assemble and trim a tree beautifully adorned in pink in recognition of the many breast cancer survivors and in memory of those who lost their fight with this disease.

2nd Annual Pink Empowerment Event for Breast Cancer Awareness
2nd Annual Pink Empowerment Event for Breast Cancer Awareness

This year the group will extend its outreach by assembling a display at both the Kleeman Community Center and the Burt-Cobb Community Center, this year’s reception event site.

DSU will again host a “Pink Empowerment” event to extend its reach to the broader community and promote awareness and involvement in Breast Cancer Awareness Month under the authority of Ms. Laconza Gilliam, the Burt-Cobb Recreation Center Director and with the support of Mr. Stephon Blackwell, the Kleeman Community Center Director.

The Pink Empowerment Tree Trimming & Reception, 1:00pm-3:00pm on Saturday, October 1st, will be an opportunity for community members to gather, share information and seek support from others who have had the survivor’s experience or have had the experience of a caregiver, family member or companion.

Its intent is to be a source of support, strength and encouragement for men and women who share a concern in the fight against breast cancer and all forms of cancer.

The “Tree in Pink for Breast Cancer” will be placed in a visible space in the Burt-Cobb Community Center (located at 1011 Franklin Street) and in the Kleeman Community Center (located at 166 Cunningham Lane) where community members are encouraged to stop by these sites and see them, are welcome to add pink ornaments to the tree and are encouraged to assemble and trim trees in other visible areas in the Clarksville community to promote breast cancer awareness.

It is an idea that can be expanded through the holiday season, and trees can be decorated to represent the various forms of cancer, i.e. light blue for prostate cancer, gray for brain cancer, black for melanoma or gold for childhood cancer.

As the fight against cancer continues, we’d hope that perhaps our pink tree and others like it will remain throughout the holiday season as a visual reminder of the courageous individuals who continue the fearless fight for their lives against this relentless disease that affects so many.

DSU has been fortunate for the continued support from local Center Directors Laconza Gilliam and Stephon Blackwell, as well as the Administration at Clarksville Parks and Recreation.  It is only with their continued support and that of so many community members that the Distinguished Steppers can offer this and other programs that are free and open to the public.

If we can save one more life in our community, that one woman (or man) may seek early treatment and survive breast cancer then our efforts and resources will have been well spent.

As we engage in numerous activities and events promoting Breast Cancer Awareness this month, let’s make it our moral obligation to ensure that revenue generated in the name of breast cancer research and treatment is used for its intended purpose.

About the American Cancer Society

American Cancer Society for Breast Cancer ResearchThe American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer.  As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community.

We save lives by helping people stay well, by preventing cancer or detecting it early; by helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.

As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do.  As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year.  To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1.800.227.2345 or visit cancer.org.

For more information on how to get involved with the American Cancer Society and the Relay For Life contact Jenny Goslin at 615.341.7328.

For information on the Distinguished Steppers Unlimited contact Kathleen Evans 931.378.9422, or visit our website at www.distinguishedsteppers.com, or join our facebook group at www.facebook.com/distinguished.steppers


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