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STUART - Local volunteers with the American Cancer Society's "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" are celebrating breast cancer awareness month with a series of events designed to increase awareness of breast cancer and raise money to provide services locally, as well as contribute to funding for research to cure the disease.
The highlight will be the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K noncompetitive walk on Oct. 20 at 9 a.m. in Memorial Park in downtown Stuart.
Throughout October, residents and visitors will see a number of local landmarks sporting a pink glow. The city of Stuart, known for its waterfronts, is showing its support with pink lights on area fountains to celebrate the water-related spots in the heart of downtown Stuart.
The Roosevelt Bridge will be illuminated in tribute to breast cancer survivors with lights bathing the stanchions in signature pink. This marks the second year that Making Strides Against Breast Cancer volunteers have lit the iconic Stuart landmark with support from the Stuart Rod & Reel Club.
"The support on behalf of the city of Stuart is inspiring," said Anne Elliot, Making Strides Against breast cancer chairwoman.
"These lights are a call to action for everyone to play an active role in fight against breast cancer. That can mean getting a mammogram, making a donation and/or walking on Oct. 20 in support of someone you love or may have lost. Thank you to everyone at the city who helped make this happen and for getting people talking about this very serious subject."
The American Cancer Society is encouraging participants to "Put On Your Pink Bra" at this year's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. This fundraising walk raises money to fund breast cancer research and educate Floridians about the importance of early detection and prevention.
During the walk, a sea of participants in pink bras will join together to show support for the fight against breast cancer as part of the "Put On Your Pink Bra" campaign.
The 2012 event is presented by Carl's Buick-GMC and sponsored by Denise Sanderson, WHLG The Coast 101.3 and CBS12.
For more information, to donate or to sign up, visit www.putonyourpinkbra.com/martin or call (772) 287-7467.