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

Published: 09/25/2012

KANSAS CIY, Kan. – Pink waters will stream through fountains across the metropolitan area for the ninth straight year to commemorate October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The University of Kansas Cancer Center is sponsoring the event. 

A special family friendly ceremony to kick off the ten days of pink water will be held Saturday, September 29, 2012, at the J.C. Nichols Fountain just east of The Plaza from 9 a.m.-11 a.m., with the ceremony 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. 

Attendees are encouraged to wear pink for the event. 

Through the first week in October, pink waters will flow in select fountains in Kansas City, Lee's Summit, Lenexa, Olathe, Overland Park and the Northland. A complete list of the fountains can be found at www.pinkfountains.com

“The goal of the pink fountains program is to raise awareness that breast cancer can be fought with early screenings and support for research,” said Terry Tsue, MD, physician in chief of The University of Kansas Cancer Center. 

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. 

The pink fountains program began with Kansas City Cancer Center, which is now part of The University of Kansas Cancer Center. 

“With our researchers spurred on by our National Cancer Institute designation, we are working harder than ever on ways to prevent breast cancer from occurring. They are also developing new drug therapies to create more breast cancer survivors,” said Dr. Tsue. 

Dr. Tsue added, “Our physicians throughout The University of Kansas Cancer Center and Kansas City Cancer Center are bringing the latest technologies, drugs and techniques to breast cancer patients.” 

“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. Tsue. 

This year, the event will include Sluggerr from The Kansas City Royals, KC Wolf and cheerleaders from The Kansas City Chiefs, the pink fire truck program, face painting and refreshments.

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