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Patriots Point launches breast cancer awareness campaign, lights Yorktown pink

  • Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Patriots Point held a kickoff event to promote breast cancer awareness on Monday at the end of the USS Yorktown pier. This month, "The Fighting Lady" will be lit up in pink at night. [Staff photo by Tyler Heffernan]

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Patriots Point dedicated the month of October to promote breast cancer awareness through its campaign, “The Fighting Lady is in The Fight.” On Oct. 1, the USS Yorktown was illuminated pink at night, which will continue through the end of the month.

Employees and visitors will be encouraged to support the campaign through dropping donations in the pink donation boxes at the entrance to the USS Yorktown and The Ship Store. Money raised will be donated to the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina.

“When the men were fighting on the USS Yorktown decades ago, they were fighting for their country but also for their mothers, grandmothers, sisters, wives and daughters back home,” Patriots Point executive director Mac Burdette said. “‘The Fighting Lady’ joined ‘the fight’ more than 70 years ago and she’s going to continue her support against this dreaded disease that affects so many women and their families. Today our efforts are even more important given the number of women who serve in the US Navy and onboard our warships.”

Committee members for the Patriots Point Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign chose to donate monies raised to Hollings Cancer Center, because it will benefit the museum’s neighbors.

“The Hollings Cancer Center breast cancer fund supports tri-county patients at critical times during their care,” Megan Baker, breast surgeon and medical director of the Hollings Cancer Center’s Comprehensive Breast Care Program, said. “This may take the form of financial support for a post-mastectomy bra, for vital genetic testing, dietary counseling or physical therapy intervention. These funds are also essential to educational efforts undertaken throughout our community to raise awareness about breast cancer prevention, high-risk assessment and life-saving clinical trial opportunities for patients.”

Following an Oct. 1 ceremony at the Yorktown pier, attendees tossed pink carnations into the Charleston Harbor in honor or memory of someone they love who has been affected by breast cancer. The pink fire truck from the North Charleston Fire Department was onsite.

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