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Pittsburgh Goes Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By October 19, 2009

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Pittsburgh Pink Fountain
Pink Fountain, Pittsburgh
Karl D. Stephan

Pittsburgh kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness Month by turning it's fountains pink. The Pennsylvania Commission for Women is sponsoring this display of pink water, in Pittsburgh and in cities all across the state of Pennsylvania. PCW isn't just about outdoor decoration though - they also work year-round to advocate for health needs of women and girls, provides information, education, and opportunities for improvement of quality of life.

The pink fountains certainly get your attention - they aren't a sweet, shy, pale shade of pink - these are hot pink surges of spray, coursing into the air at fountains that are already landmarks. You can't ignore something as showy and fabulous as these! "These pink fountains are truly a spectacle, but our mission in turning fountains pink is a serious one: we want to raise awareness about breast cancer and, in turn, save lives," said Leslie Stiles, executive director of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women. "We hope that the pink fountains will serve as a reminder for women to do their monthly breast self exams, schedule their yearly mammogram, and for those women and families affected by the disease, we hope the fountains let them know that they are on our mind," said Stiles.

You can celebrate BCAM in October or all year, by being proactive about your health:

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October 19, 2009 at 1:19 pm
(1) Danae says:

I love all the creative things people are doing for Breast Cancer Awareness Month! I think the pink fountains are a great idea. With all the momentum from this year’s Pink October, I think we should push for one day every month to raise awareness for mammograms and breast self exams.

October 10, 2010 at 9:52 pm
(2) gunna glen says:

Hi my name is Gunna Glen i am a hip hop artist, three years ago my aunt fought breast cancer and was blessed enough to call herself a survivor. I was so touched by her strength i wrote her a song. Recently i redid it and got it masterd and even shot a video for it. Its came out so powerful that i think woman all over the world should have a chance to see it. I really hope you will take a look its called “I Bleed in Pink For You” by gunna glen its posted on our website http://www.ibleedinpink.com and on youtube God Bless and please help me get my message out *Gunna Glen*

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