Oct 2, 2015

Pink lights to hang downtown during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

As October arrives with autumnal shades of orange, red and yellow, you also can expect to see more pink.

Starting this week, strands of pink lights will adorn poles in downtown Cody as part of the Lights of Hope Campaign.
Lights will be dedicated in honor of those who have battled breast cancer. Cody News Co. file photo by Carla Wensky

“It’s to honor those who have battled breast cancer,” said Michelle Gutierrez, executive director of Northwest Wyoming Family Planning in Cody.

Individuals and businesses can sponsor a strand of pink lights for $25 in honor of breast cancer survivors or in memory of those who died of the disease. Donors can choose to honor a specific person diagnosed with breast cancer. Donations also can be made anonymously.

“All the proceeds that we raise through this campaign are going into a separate account that will benefit women who need mammograms or follow-up screenings or anything to do with breast health services,” Gutierrez said.

A grant from the Susan G. Komen Foundation is helping fund the local campaign and also provides up to $200 per patient for breast health services, she said.

With money raised locally from the pink lights campaign, “we can help over the $200 mark,” Gutierrez said.

The Lights of Hope Campaign is being sponsored by Northwest Wyoming Family Planning and Wyoming Cancer Resources Services.

In the past, Women’s Wellness hung pink lights downtown for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“When they closed their office, we took this event over,” Gutierrez said.

The pink lights will be hung starting Friday and will remain on display through the month of October. Businesses and individuals can sponsor the lights at any point of the month, Gutierrez said.

For more information or to sponsor a strand of pink lights, contact Northwest Wyoming Family Planning at 307-527-5174 or Wyoming Cancer Resource Services 307-578-2702.

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