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October goes pink for breast cancer awareness
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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital, along with the local schools and civic organizations, are bringing awareness to this important topic in various ways throughout the month of October. A county-wide ‘Pink-Out’ is scheduled for Friday, October 16th where the public, county schools, and businesses are encouraged to wear pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness and our fight against all forms of cancer. The public is invited to gather on the Smithville Courthouse steps for a media photo in support of breast cancer awareness. County schools are participating in a ‘pink’ jack-o-lantern contest sponsored by Saint Thomas DeKalb and Saint Thomas Stones River Hospitals, and various businesses and organizations have agreed to take the ‘Pinky Swear Dare’ - painting their pinky nails pink throughout the month of October after pledging to get regular mammograms after the age of forty.


“We would like to thank the community and local schools for making last year’s Pink-tober events so very successful,” said Marketing Director for Saint Thomas DeKalb and Saint Thomas Stones River Hospitals Shan Burklow, “We look forward to an even greater response for 2015. I am humbled by the wonderful and caring people who have volunteered their time to help us spread the word about the importance of early detection and mammograms in the fight against breast cancer. This is such an ugly disease and it has touched everyone in some way. Take this month to remind your friends and family of the importance of weekly self-exams and annual mammograms after forty. Early detection is so very important in the fight against cancer. Hundreds of people across Tennessee have taken the ‘Pinky Swear Dare’ posting photos of their manicure on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and we hope that hundreds more participate before the month’s end.”


For more ways that your family, business or organization can support the fight against breast cancer, go to or contact Shan Burklow: