Residents and staff of the Chautauqua County Home recently celebrated Breast Cancer Awareness Month by hosting a Pink On Purpose Day. Pink on Purpose is a work place program created by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), the cancer charity that focuses research on the relationship of nutrition, physical activity and weight management to cancer risk, interprets the scientific literature and educates the public about the results.
By participating in the Pink on Purpose Day program, the Chautauqua County Home helped the AICR increase awareness of the disease, raise funds for research, offer helpful information to support those affected by breast cancer and remind women of the importance of early detection.
The day-long celebration included the Pinkest Person contest with one employee and one resident winning a Pink Ribbon gift bag filled with breast cancer awareness gifts. Kelly Sam, a rehabilitation resident, took the prize for the Pinkest Person for the resident category. Robin Webb won the Pinkest Person for the staff category. A special Health Club presentation was conducted by Pink On Purpose organizer and dietetic technician Julie VanValkenburg. Residents and their guests took part in breast cancer awareness trivia with pink ribbon gifts given to all those who attended. In addition, pamphlets and shower cards were available for residents and guests to share with their mothers, daughters, granddaughters, sisters, aunts, friends and neighbors.
Kelly Sam is presented with her Pink Ribbon gift bag by Pink On Purpose Day organizer, Julie VanValkenburg. Sam was voted the Pinkest Person of the Day.
This was the third annual Pink On Purpose Day event. Residents and staff are already planning for next year's event.