Pink Out Winter Park kicks off with more than 1,200 people coming together for breast cancer awareness
Central Park was glowing pink when more than 1,200 Central Floridians literally took a stand against breast cancer as part of Pink Out Winter Park’s Get a Leg Up on Breast Cancer event. The community came together in an attempt to not only raise awareness for breast health but attempt to reclaim a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® achievement for the most number of people standing on one leg, like a flamingo.
Despite the large crowd, only 1.224 people stood one leg for two minutes. The current record, set by Tesco (UK) at ExCeL London on Oct. 18, 2012, with 2,276 people remains. “We are so proud of the way the community came together this year for breast cancer awareness,” said Ken Bradley, mayor of Winter Park. “The flamingo has become the unofficial mascot of Pink Out and inspiration behind our world record attempt. Despite not reclaiming this achievement, we know we can continue to spread awareness for breast health in our community.”
At the event, Park Avenue was aglow in a dazzling array of pink lights as a visual reminder for the importance breast health. Pink lights will remain in the trees lining Park Avenue during the month of October for the community to enjoy.
“This event serves as a great way to bring attention to the importance of screening mammograms. According to statistics, one in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime,” said Dr. Steven Dukes, Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Winter Park Memorial Hospital. “But the earlier the cancer is detected, the better the chances are for recovery. This is why it is so important to remind women of the importance of yearly screening mammograms and to help those in our community who do not have the resources to get one.”
Since Pink Out Winter Park launched in 2011, more than 140 women have accessed the Winter Park Memorial Hospital Mammography Scholarship Fund, which provides screening mammograms and further diagnostic testing to women in need. Six women have been diagnosed with breast cancer and gone on to receive treatment at Florida Hospital as a result of the scholarship fund.
Pink Out Winter Park will continue through the end of October and the community is encouraged to get involved by getting a mammogram, purchasing a Pink Out flamingo or donating to women in need. For just $10, a person receives one Pink Out flamingo to keep and another is added to the growing flock of flamingos around Winter Park. More than 35 Winter Park merchants are also participating in Pink Out in a variety of ways including decorating their store fronts, hosting breast health events or donating a portion of proceeds from designated items.
To schedule a mammogram, or to see a complete list of participating merchants or find out more information on how to donate to the Winter Park Memorial Hospital Mammography Scholarship Fund, visit PinkOutWinterPark.com.