October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Southampton, like many places, wants to make sure people know it.
A litany of events hosted by Southampton Hospital as well as the Southampton Chamber of Commerce and private organizations are set to take place throughout the month, with the end goals being education, awareness and ultimately action.
To kick-off the month, the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center and the Coalition for Women’s Cancers, both entities of Southampton Hospital, are teaming up with the Southampton Chamber of Commerce once again to host their annual Paint the Town Pink event. On Tuesday night, a tree lighting ceremony was held in Southampton Village. In addition, throughout the month, village businesses, as well as the trees lining Main Street and Jobs Lane, will sport large pink ribbons, the symbol for breast cancer awareness.
The community hospital will also be hosting a variety of educational, fundraising, and healthy living events.
“Southampton Hospital has a long history of providing excellence in diagnostic testing for breast cancer and treatment and support for breast cancer patients at our Ellen Hermanson Breast Center,” said Robert S. Chaloner, the president and CEO of the hospital, when asked about the hospital’s extensive lineup of events in October. “We are fortunate to have a state-of-the-art facility for residents of the East End. Early diagnosis is the key to recovery and we urge women to consult their physician to determine when they should begin annual mammograms.”
Throughout the month, Panera in Hampton Bays will be selling pink bagels, with all proceeds going to local breast cancer awareness groups. Macy’s in Hampton Bays will also be giving free makeovers for survivors of the second-deadliest cancer in women.
Two annual events hosted by the hospital, the Real Men Wear Pink Cocktail Party and the Birdhouse Auction, will benefit both of the hospital’s cancer centers.
Proceeds from the San Gennaro Feast of the Hamptons and the Shelter Island 5K Run will also benefit the hospital’s breast cancer battling efforts.
The efforts are being applauded by New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., who sent out a press release reminding his female constituents to heed the month’s ubiquitous messages.
“Research has led to improvements in treatment and prevention, but that does not mean the battle is close to over,” the assemblyman said. “When one in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives, we can’t sit back and hope for the best—we must be proactive.”