DOUBLE SPRINGS - With October just around the corner, it's time to start thinking pink for breast cancer awareness, and the Panorama Study Club in Double Springs is doing just that.
Panorama's annual Paint the Town Pink 5K and fun walk will take place Saturday, Oct. 19. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. at the old Gateway Shopping Center parking lot, with the 5K beginning at 8 a.m. The fun walk will begin directly after the 5K at approximately 9 a.m.
The registration fee is $25 for the run and $10 for the walk. The pre-registration deadline is Oct. 1, but registration will be taken up to the date of the event.
Panorama members will have T-shirts available, with those who pre-register for the run receiving a T-shirt. Ashley McDonald designed the winning T-shirt this year. Non-participants can purchase T-shirts for $15. Registration forms are available on our website under the Resource Guide and can be emailed to email@example.com.
The route will go down Old School Road, in front of the Double Springs Elementary School gym down to the Winston County Health Department and back.
All proceeds raised from the 5K and fun walk are kept locally and used in different ways to help the community, club member Nancy Gurley noted.
"The money is used in different ways to directly help those in our community that have been diagnosed and are receiving cancer treatments. There are funds set up at our local hospitals for those who do not have insurance to be able to receive a free mammogram, if needed. We also donate to and sponsor our local Relay for Life each year, which is an event held in May that also promotes research, cancer awareness and patient assistance. We also provide financial help to those who have had a recent cancer diagnosis," Gurley said.
While most of the attention surrounding Paint the Town Pink revolves around breast cancer awareness, this year will also feature a new event: the Pink Pooch Parade. Coinciding with the fun walk, the Pink Pooch Parade will feature local dogs and their owners, with proceeds from the $15 registration fee going toward Free State Four Paws, which rescues dogs from across Winston County, brings them back to health and helps them find their forever homes. There will be an optional costume contest for the dogs entered into the contest. All pets must be on a leash.
Registration forms for for the Pink Pooch Parade are available at Rosey Posey's, Lily Abigail's and Paws N Purrs. Pet owners can register the day of the event, but registering early assures that pets receive the correct size of bandana.
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