Marshall to turn pink during October Breast Cancer Awareness Month in an effort to 'Prevent, Treat and Beat' cancer

Monday, September 19, 2011

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Fitzgibbon Hospital -- along with Marshall Public Schools -- will be celebrating with the fourth Annual Pink Week October 1st through 7th. According to Fitzgibbon Fund Development Coordinator Mary Keller, plans are already underway for another successful Pink Week.

"Many cancer awareness events are already scheduled," Keller said. "Some of them will be lots of fun and exciting while others take on a more education flavor. Our hope is that our community will once again rally to 'Prevent, Treat and Beat' cancer."

The anchor event for the fourth year in a row will be the annual Football in Pink football game scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, as the Marshall Owls take on the Kirksville Tigers. There will also be a pre-game dinner and other festivities at the Marshall High School Sports Complex beginning at 6 p.m.

New this year will be a Cancer Awareness & Prevention Panel Discussion titled "Early Detection Can Save Lives" and scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at Fitzgibbon Hospital. According to Keller, the panel of local experts will present useful information about early detection, good nutrition and healthy lifestyles and their relation to cancer prevention.

From 6 to 6:30 p.m., several topic-related vendor booths will be available in the hospital atrium. The panel discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the hospital's small cafeteria.

There is no charge for participating in this discussion. Fitzgibbon President and CEO Ron Ott said he believes this panel discussion is something that will appeal to a variety of people.

"We believe this will be a very helpful discussion with regard to cancer prevention and early detection," Ott said. "It should appeal to folks who are dealing with cancer or who just have questions about lifestyle changes, diet, and other things that may help to prevent cancer."

The 2011 Pink Week schedule will also include the Pink Powder Puff Football Game, which will pit the Marshall High School staff and faculty against Fitzgibbon Hospital staff and friends.

The MHS senior girls will also take on the MHS junior girls during the event.

The powder puff game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at MHS Cecil Naylor Field. Donation for admission will be $1 per person.

"We invite everyone to come out and cheer on their favorite 'pink' team and see who takes home the coveted pink sequined game ball," Keller said.

The MHS sporting event schedule for Pink Week will also include a Pink Out Men's Soccer game and MHS Lady's Volleyball game, both scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 4. More information will be available at www.marshallschools.com.

Ott also noted another change in this year's celebration.

"This year, we are proud to welcome Missouri Valley College to the Pink Week Breast Cancer Awareness events and activities," he said. "We encourage everyone to get out and support Valley by attending one of these home sports activities."

MVC sporting events for the week will include:

--MVC Men's Soccer games at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, and at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

--MVC Women's Soccer games at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, and at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6.

--MVC Women's Volleyball at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7.

Special Pink Week 2011 T-shirts are now on sale for $10 and $12 at Viking Athletic Goods, the Fitzgibbon Hospital Gift Shop, and the MHS Activities Office. Buy one early and "sport the pink" now as well as throughout Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Memory Wall posters are also on sale now at the Fitzgibbon Gift Shop. You can remember a loved one's battle with cancer by creating a poster celebrating their life. Fill it full of photos and inspiring memories. The Memory Wall Posters will be displayed at the Football in Pink football game on Oct. 7. A $5 donation for each poster will be accepted.

All proceeds from Pink Week 2011 will go toward cancer prevention and awareness activities throughout the community. For more information about Pink Week 2011, go to www.fitzgibbon.org, www.marshallschools.com, or call Mary Keller at 660-886-7431, extension 684.

Fitzgibbon Hospital is a 501c(3) not-for-profit community hospital.

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