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WCA Director of Development
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karl.sisson@wcahospital.org

LINKS Pink Walk to Celebrate Courage & Enhance
Local Breast Cancer Care on October 6th


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Jamestown, New York (Thursday, September 27, 2012) - LINKS Charity will host the 2nd annual LINKS Pink Walk: A Celebration of Courage presented by Jamestown Radiologists, Medline, and Whisper's Boutique at Patient's Pharmacy next Saturday, October 6th at the Chautauqua Mall (318 E. Fairmount Avenue, Lakewood). This special 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 10:00 a.m. with registration and many family-friendly activities including the Balloon Man, face painting, games, pink nails, pink feathers, pink extensions, pink refreshments, and a basket raffle. At 10:45 a.m., LINKS Charity will pay tribute to the courage of all those who have battled breast cancer, including the premier of “The Pink Glove Dance” video on a large screen in center court.

At 11:00 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, and Jamestown Radiologists.

Following the walk, all walkers and event volunteers will be treated a complimentary picnic meal. At that time, attendees will continue to enjoy the pink-themed activities along with music provided by DJ’s Unlimited.
Along with lunch, each registered walker ($10 per person) will receive a complimentary pink event t-shirt to wear during the walk.  Walkers are encouraged to pre-register and join a team on-line at www.FirstGiving.com/wca/2012-LINKS-Pink-Walk or Pre-Registration Forms and Pledge Sheets are available at WCA Office of Development.

Earlier this year, LINKS Charity announced that it is once again taking 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.

“We believe that the 3-D Tomosynthesis is the next logical piece of the puzzle as it will work in conjunction with the new Digital Mammography suite at WCA,” says Brad Van Riper, Senior Vice President for Truck-Lite and Executive Director for LINKS Charity. “We invite and encourage everyone to come out and join us for this family-friendly event as we celebrate courage, raise awareness, and support the future of breast cancer care here at our community hospital.”

In addition to the major and associate sponsors of LINKS Charity (Truck Lite, Cummins, ALSTAR EMS, United Refining, Jamestown Savings Bank, Veracity Benefits, and The Bilicki Law Firm), the Presenting Sponsor of the 2012 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 (716) 664-8423 or karl.sisson@wcahospital.org, or visit www.WCAHospital.org.

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