Power of Pink walk raises awareness for breast cancer

October 15, 2017

Walkers headed out from the Douglas County Library building in Roseburg on a cool Saturday morning, for the Power of Pink March on Cancer dressed in pink and walking to raise awareness of breast cancer.

Some brought their pets, some brought their babies, several were cancer survivors, many carried signs urging women to get a mammogram, and all were there to support the cause and remind women to get checked.

Organizer Angelia Freeman, the SCREEN Community Program Manager at the Community Cancer Center, said it’s important for women to know what their risks are.

“You need to get screened and know what your screening options are, so as we walk, we’re reminding people that see us, that there are risks out there, and together we can make a difference,” Freeman told the walkers.

She said there are some risks that you can’t change including being a woman and aging. But you can make healthy lifestyle choices and get screened.

Community Cancer Center Director Tammy Turner said she was thrilled with the turnout. More than 60 people came out for the march.

“We just wanted to bring out awareness of breast cancer health to our community and empower them to educate themselves on their risks of breast cancer,” Turner said.

She said the biggest thing is to know what is your normal and if you have something that’s of concern, see your physician. She said age 20 is when women need to start being concerned.

Candy Shipley is a breast cancer survivor and volunteers for Douglas County Cancer Services and at the Community Cancer Center.

“I’m trying to help make awareness to all women on how important it is to get early detection,” Shipley said.

Barbara Woodral also volunteers with the DCCS, and wanted to help.

“I’m a cancer survivor also, and I’m just out here to walk for everybody, “ Woodral said.

This was the second year of the Power of Pink March on Cancer which headed up Jackson Street through downtown Roseburg to highlight breast cancer awareness.