The American Cancer Society estimates that one in 36 women will die from breast cancer, but the numbers have been improving, thanks to increased awareness, early detection and improved treatments.
To remind women to stay one step ahead of cancer, Mercy Hospital Springfield is hosting a walk and lighting ceremony on Oct. 1, the first day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The community is invited to wear pink and participate.
The walk around the hospital campus is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and begins at the main entrance to Mercy Hospital Springfield. The path will be marked, so you can join at any time. From 6:30 to 7 p.m., participants can have refreshments at the hospital’s McAuley Conference Center. At 7 p.m. there will be a brief ceremony, including remarks from a breast cancer survivor, before the switch is flipped to light the patient tower pink.