Brookhaven to turn pink for breast cancer awareness
Brookhaven Town is preparing to go pink to bring awareness to breast cancer.
Town board members announced during Thursday's work session meeting that they plan to partner with Stony Brook University for the October initiative in which university educators and professors will give lectures and forums throughout town.
October is national breast cancer awareness month.
As part of what's being dubbed "Turn the Town Pink," the university will also donate 1,000 pins for Brookhaven merchants to give to residents to draw awareness to the cause.
The issue is personal for town Councilwoman Valerie M. Cartright, who disclosed at the meeting that she is a breast cancer survivor. "We need to educate women and men on how to reduce the risk and [about] early detection," said the freshman councilwoman, who has been cancer-free for five years. "It will help save lives."
Roughly 1,200 Suffolk County women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, and about 300 die annually from the disease, said Michael Pearl, associate director of women's cancer services at Stony Brook's cancer center.
For its part, Brookhaven plans to put breast cancer information on its email, which reaches 80,000 people, and have its women's services program help with the initiative.
"This is worthwhile . . . if we can make awareness and prevention, we will do that," Brookhaven Town Supervisor Edward P. Romaine said at the meeting.
He said some Town Hall offices may be decorated with pink ribbons and that the town may get free radio airtime for public service announcements about breast cancer.