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September 30, 2012

Pink for a cause

NORMAN — When the name on City Hall reads “Pink, Oklahoma,” there seems to be only one thing that can be done during October — raise funds to help The American Cancer Society find a cure to end breast cancer. And you can bet the citizens of Pink, Oklahoma, are going to do their best to make that happen.

In it’s fifth year, the town of Pink, located nine miles west of Tecumseh, will own up to its unique name and, well, paint the town pink. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, a 10K, 5K and one mile fun walk/run will be the crowing events for Pink Out Cancer. Several other events such as a live auction, the Oklahoma Blood Institutes’ mobile unit and a moon bounce are planned from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Mike Black will make an appearance as Elvis, and vendors will be on hand to sell food and crafts. Also, no community event would be complete without a pie auction.

“We have some really good cooks in this town, I’ve got to tell you,” Christa Chapman, Pink Out Cancer committee member, said.

According to Chapman, the event is something that the entire town agreed upon and has pulled together to organize.

“We’re the only town in the nation named Pink, and we are truly committed to raising awareness and funds to fight cancer. We are hoping to surpass $50,000 raised in five years. We are really going to make a true effort to turn the town Pink,” Chapman said. “This is just another great way for the people of Oklahoma to gather in Pink and support breast cancer awareness month.”

All Pink Out Cancer events are organized by volunteers, Chapman said, and all of the money raised goes right back to the American Cancer Society.

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