Never Break The Chain

LINKS Charity will host the third annual LINKS Pink Walk: A Celebration of Courage presented by Jamestown Radiologists, Medline, and Whisper’s Boutique at Patient’s Pharmacy on Saturday, Oct. 5, once again at the Chautauqua Mall, 318 E. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood. This event will celebrate the courage of those who have battled breast cancer and enhance local breast cancer care at WCA Hospital.

The LINKS Pink Walk festivities will begin at 10 a.m. with registration and many family-friendly activities including the Balloon Man, face painting, give aways, breast health education, pink-themed hair decorations from Mastercuts, and a benefit basket raffle.

At 10:45 a.m., LINKS Charity will pay special tribute to the courage of all those who have battled breast cancer through a video presentation featuring those brave individuals and their families.

At 11 a.m., the walk will begin and be led by breast cancer survivors as all walkers will carry the LINKS Tribute Chain, a chain featuring thousands of pink links that have been purchased in honor or in memory of loved ones who are or have battled breast cancer, both inside and outside of the Chautauqua Mall. Donations for these pink links are available at WCA Hospital, Bob Evans, Truck-Lite, Cummins, Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union branches, Jamestown Savings Bank branches, Chautauqua Mall, Elements Salon & Spa, Sam’s Club, Patients Pharmacy, and Jamestown Radiologists.

Following the walk, all walkers and event volunteers will be treated a complimentary lunch courtesy of Bob Evans. At that time, attendees will continue to enjoy the pink-themed activities along with music provided by Big M Sound. Along with lunch, each registered walker ($10 per person) will receive a commemorative LINKS Pink Walk T-shirt which can be personalized to include a team name or tribute message. Walkers are encouraged to pre-register and join a team online at www.FirstGiving.com/ wca/LINKS-Pink-Walk-2013.

LINKS Charity has taken a leadership role in the local fight against breast cancer by making a three-year, $300,000 pledge toward the purchase of 3-D Breast Tomosynthesis. This cutting-edge technology will compliment LINKS Charity’s most recent gift – $275,000 – to aid in the diagnosis of breast cancer through the purchase of Digital Mammography which is now operational in the WCA Center for Imaging & Medical Arts. LINKS Charity and WCA Hospital recognize that early detection means faster intervention, more treatment options, and improved survival rates.

In addition to the major and associate sponsors of LINKS Charity – Truck Lite, Cummins JEP, ALSTAR EMS, The Bilicki Law Firm, United Refining, Jamestown Savings Bank, and Veracity Benefits – the presenting sponsors of the 2013 LINKS Pink Walk are Jamestown Radiologists, Medline, and Whisper’s Boutique at Patient’s Pharmacy.

To learn more about the LINKS Pink Walk, please contact Karl Sisson, WCA Director of Development, at 664-8423 or karl.sisson@wcahospital.org. Event registration forms and walker pledge forms can also be downloaded at www.wcahospital.org.