Main Street Gardnerville Director Jen Nalder and Carson Valley Medical Center Outreach Coordinator Daphne Hillyer were tying pink ribbons to the town’s streetlights on Thursday.
The two women were pushing a cart filled with the ribbons up and down Main Street not long after county commissioners proclaimed October Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Commission Chairman Mark Gardner donned his pink shirt for the occasion.
“Thirty-tree and a half years ago my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer,” he said. “I’m grateful to the Lord for still having her around.”
Nalder accepted the proclamation, saying several events are scheduled for October.
In addition to the pink ribbons, Main Street is doing 35 pink flowerpots. Three quarters of the proceeds will be donated to cancer treatment centers at Carson Valley Medical Center and Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center.
Nalder listed several events, including the Oct. 20 Wine Walk where pink leis will be available for donations.
The 19th annual Breast Cancer fundraiser Fashion Show and Food and Wine Tasting is 5 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Carson Valley Inn.
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According to the proclamation, breast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed form of cancer for women in the nation and is the second leading cause of death among American women.
“Today there are more than 4 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S., more than any other group of cancer survivors.”