Breast cancer awareness group will celebrate survivors in October

Sunday Times Newspapers

WYANDOTTE — The Tatas Taskforce will celebrate breast cancer survivors with a Breast Cancer Wall of Fame and month-long Paint the Town Pink event.

The group will host the event for its second year in October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“Our theme remains unchanged from last year,” event spokeswoman Diane Woodruff said. “We want to educate women about the importance of pre-screening, early detection and prevention, while celebrating and remembering those women fighting, or have fought, the battle of this insidious disease.”

The group of business owners and volunteers is reaching out to residents to turn out and support cancer survivors by taking part in the various events. Woodruff said last year, the Breast Cancer Survivor Wall of Fame — where black-and-white photos of breast cancer survivors were displayed in the former Sears building — was a popular and touching experience.

The Wyandotte Jaycees are sponsoring the exhibit this year, which will be unveiled at the Downriver Council for the Arts on Oct. 1. The display will be showcased in the windows of White Furniture, 3025 Biddle Ave., and will include about 30 to 35 black-and-white photographs of survivors.

The photos will be taken by a volunteer, professional photographer from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Downriver Council of the Arts, 81 Chestnut St., and will be given as a gift to all survivors. The photo session is open to the public to attend and speak to the survivors.

The Tata Taskforce will host a spaghetti dinner and bake sale at the Copeland Center, 2306 4th St., from 6 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday to help raise money to cover the costs of the photos. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under.

The official kickoff event will be held at the clock tower at Oak and Eureka streets Oct. 1, Woodruff said, with a balloon launch to end the event and “remember those we’ve lost” on the corner of 1st and Elm streets at 6 p.m. Oct. 20.

Other events will include a Bras for the Cause competition — participants can decorate bras that will be judged raffled off during the Pink-A-Palooza party at the Grand Harbor Center, 1 St. John St., Oct. 26 to benefit Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital’s “Yes Ma’am” program — the Jaycees Paint the Town Pink Haunted House Night — 10 percent of the proceeds will also benefit the “Yes Ma’am” program — on Oct. 13, and the Pink Football Game — Wyandotte Roosevelt will play Southgate Anderson Oct. 18 in pink jerseys.

(Gabriel Goodwin can be reached at