Pink Fountains to Again Symbolize Kansas City’s Fight Against Breast Cancer

Published: 09/28/2011

KANSAS CIY, Kan. (September 28, 2011) – Pink waters will stream through fountains across the metropolitan area for the eighth straight year to commemorate October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

A special family friendly ceremony to kick off the ten days of pink water will be held Saturday, October 1, 2011, at the J.C. Nichols Fountain just east of The Plaza at 10 a.m. The event will include many breast cancer survivors to give hope to those fighting breast cancer. Local celebrities and survivors will participate in the “pinking” of the fountain.

The University of Kansas Cancer Center is sponsoring the event. The sponsorship continues the tradition established by Kansas City Cancer Center, which became part of The University of Kansas Cancer Center earlier this year.

From October 1st to October 10th, pink waters will flow in select fountains in Kansas City, Lee’s Summit, Lenexa, Overland Park, and Paola. A complete list of the fountains can be found at www.pinkfountains.com.

“Just like Breast Cancer Awareness Month itself, the pink fountains program is designed to raise awareness that breast cancer can be fought with early screenings and support for research,” said Mark Myron, MD, who chairs the committee overseeing Kansas City Cancer Center practice locations.

“Just like Breast Cancer Awareness Month itself, the pink fountains program is designed to raise awareness that breast cancer can be fought with early screenings and support for research,” said Mark Myron, MD, who chairs the committee overseeing Kansas City Cancer Center practice locations.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. More than 200,000 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year – one every three minutes.

Dr. Myron says breast cancer is a key mission of the combination of the Kansas City Kansas Centers and The University of Kansas Cancer Center.

“We are leading the war against breast cancer with the latest technology, accessible care and leading edge research,” noted Dr. Myron. “Breast cancer research is a critical part of the National Cancer Institute application for designation that was submitted last week.”

Dr. Myron said the pink fountains mean different things to different people.

“We want the pink fountains to be a symbol of the lives spared through awareness, quality cancer care, genetic testing and evaluation. We also want the pink fountains to be a symbol of those who lost their battle with cancer. Finally, we want the pink fountains to be a symbol for the promise and hope of research to prevent future cancers from occurring,” said Dr. Myron.

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