Downtown will be dressed in pink for October

Downtown will be dressed in pink for October

PAWTUCKET - To raise awareness about breast cancer, treatments and resources, Pawtucket officials, in cooperation with the city-based Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation and local businesses, will launch a "Think Pink" awareness campaign by turning the exterior lighting pink at Pawtucket City Hall and other locations next month. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

"Breast cancer treatment and research has come a long way, but we still have a long way to go," said Mayor Donald Grebien. "The city of Pawtucket is fortunate to have an excellent community partner like the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation just down the street from City Hall, and we are very pleased to collaborate with the foundation for this outstanding cause."

Officials are encouraging everyone the downtown community to turn their lights pink during October so together they can raise awareness about the ongoing battle against breast cancer and offer hope and support for individuals, families and survivors who cope with the disease.

In addition to existing lighting that will get pink bulbs, Grebien said the City Hall tower, which reaches 209 feet in height and is visible from I-95, will have new pink bulbs added. The new Pawtucket River Bridge will also exhibit a pink-based lighting display to help raise awareness.

"While the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation works all year to support, increase education, and raise awareness among individuals affected by breast cancer in every community statewide, this upcoming endeavor is especially meaningful and special to us because it's in our hometown," said Gary Calvino, director of development for the Pawtucket-based nonprofit. "We're truly appreciative of the support we have received from the city of Pawtucket and for Mayor Grebien's ongoing commitment to bring attention to a disease that one out of every six women in our state will be diagnosed with during her lifetime."

Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Rhode Island women and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the Ocean State's women.