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Tallahassee Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Tallahassee Goes Pink
Posted at 5:30 PM, Oct 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-05 18:58:31-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- Tallahassee is finding different ways to observe October as "Breast Cancer Awareness Month."

With October 5 as "Go Pink Day," the city set up two pink lemonade stands.

City of Tallahassee Wellness Coordinator Brian Smatt says this was a fun way to raise awareness about the disease -- while getting much needed funding.

"The more awareness that we can bring to fight this disease, the better -- and to bring those necessary funds as well to fight breast cancer," he said. "Anything we can do to bring awareness -- not just for ladies, but for guys, because guys can be impacted by this disease as well."

Some local officials have been asked to wear pink throughout the month -- as part of a fundraising campaign called "Real Men Wear Pink."

City commissioner Scott Maddox says these efforts to fund breast cancer research affects him personally.

"My mother is a survivor from breast cancer, and so this is a cause that is near and dear to my heart," Maddox said, "and I want to make sure that we do the best that we can to bring the dollars that are needed for research to stop this terrible disease."

Different city sites will be colored pink this month, including City Hall, Cascades Park and Lake Anita by FAMU Way. Some city vehicles will be wrapped in pink, too, including StarMetro buses, fire trucks and patrol cars.

The city will host a "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" walk on Sunday, October 23 at Cascades Park. Proceeds from that event will benefit the American Cancer Society.