First Lady Glenna Fletcher's Communications Office
Wear Pink to Work Day Set for Tuesday

Press Release Date:  Friday, October 06, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

First Lady encourages Kentuckians to show support for breast cancer awareness

FRANKFORT, Ky. – In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and as a part of the Get Healthy Kentucky Program, First Lady Glenna Fletcher and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) are urging all Kentuckians to participate in “Wear Pink to Work Day” on Tuesday, October 10.

Wear Pink to Work Day gives residents of the commonwealth a chance to show support for continued awareness and research for breast cancer, a disease that impacts countless lives every year.  To join the effort, don your favorite blouse, suit, dress, scarf, or even a neck tie in the traditional pale pink shade representing breast cancer awareness.

“This day symbolizes our support for efforts and resources to find a cure for breast cancer,” said Mrs. Fletcher.  “It is also a day to pay tribute to those who have courageously fought and continue to fight this dreadful disease.”

For more than 20 years, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October has been associated with activities designed to educate and inform the public about the importance of regular breast cancer screenings, early detection and treatment.  Kentucky traditionally joins this annual observance to promote public education and awareness of breast cancer in hopes of reducing the incidence of the disease and help more women overcome it.

To promote the event, Mrs. Fletcher has partnered with the Division of Women’s Physical and Mental Health and the Kentucky Women’s Cancer Screening Program at CHFS.

“We’re honored to join Mrs. Fletcher in her efforts to fight breast cancer in Kentucky and eliminate the disease from all our lives,” said CHFS Secretary Mark D. Birdwhistell.

The American Cancer Society estimates 3,220 Kentucky women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year for the first time, and 620 women in our state will die from this often treatable disease.

“Please join us in celebrating hope, perseverance and our goal to end breast cancer in our lifetime by wearing pink to work on Tuesday,” said Birdwhistell.  “It’s a small but significant way to honor the individuals and families touched by this disease, and to demonstrate that we are united in the fight to save lives and reduce the incidence of breast cancer in Kentucky.”