Cancer survivor spearheads local campaign to raise awareness

Pattie Stempka (left), a five-year breast cancer survivor and leader of Pattie’s Pink Warriors, and Diana Hanes, owner of The Flower Cart, show off the T-shirt and pink bows available for purchase for Breast Cancer Awareness month.

In our lifetime we will know at least one person who will be diagnosed with breast cancer and our first response may be, “What can I do to help?”

Here is your chance.  

October is when the American Cancer Society focuses nationally on creating awareness of the dangers of breast cancer, which affect 1 in 8 women and also men.

This will be the fourth year that Pattie Stempka, now a five-year survivor, and Pattie’s Pink Warriors will turn North East “PINK” for the month of October for Breast Cancer Awareness.  

With the help of St. Gregory students the storefronts throughout town will look festive with their painted posters and pink ribbons.

Pink bows are now on sale at The Flower Cart during the month of October.  Owner Diana Hanes, will again donate all proceeds to the American Cancer Society “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” campaign.

The large bows are just $3 each or two for $5. With each purchase you will receive a window cling showing your support and with “two for $5” you will have a chance to win a $100 gift card donated by Bella Salon & Day Spa. Last year 545 bows were sold.

This year pink t-shirts with North East’s “Lady in the Park” statue holding the breast cancer flag are available for purchase.  They are sold at Bella Salon & Day Spa, Hair Doo’s by Julie Davis and The Flower Cart for $20 with a limited number available.

During the month of October, Hair Doo’s by Julie Davis and Salon Merlot by Nikki Mobilia Cole will offer pink hair extensions and pink highlighting. The Mutiny Ink Tattoo parlor will be making a donation from every ribbon tattoo and sale of the courage-faith-hope-strength print that they designed.  

On Monday, October 3, Arrowhead Wine Cellars will celebrate OctoberBreast from 6-7:30 p.m. (see their ad in the Journal).

Throughout town, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer postcards can be purchased in honor of/in memory of for a $1 donation and will be displayed all month along with donation decanters for your loose change.  Online donations can be made by going to (team—Pattie’s Pink Warriors).  

Last year the team raised over $6,000 which benefitted patient services in our area.  Each year the ACS awards grant money to local organizations for education and awareness and prevention and detection.

Thank you for your support and for helping create a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays!

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