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‘Pink Out Day’ in Ellis County

At Monday’s Ellis County Commissioners’ Court meeting the commissioners voted to make Oct. 1 “Pink Out Day” in the county.
The day is to show that the county recognizes October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the goal of “Pink Out Day” is to raise awareness about the disease itself as well as early detection and education.

Firefighters from Waxahachie and Red Oak even took time to show their support for the proclamation at the meeting by wearing their pink fire department T-shirts. County Judge Carol Bush commended the firefighters, telling the court that “real men wear pink.”

Ellis County residents are encouraged to wear pink on Oct. 1 in observance of “Pink Out Day” and I hope everyone in the county, but especially in Ennis, gets on board and sports their pink attire tomorrow. It would be very powerful to walk down the streets of Ennis and the other cities around Ellis County and see a sea of pink in every direction.

Cancer, and more specifically breast cancer, affects so many people and in turn touches the lives of their friends and family.
The website www.breastcancer.org says someone is diagnosed with breast cancer every three minutes.

It is the most common cancer among women — about one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer in the course of her lifetime.

These are staggering statistics that should speak for themselves but aren’t always received with the magnitude they carry.

Everyone should do their part to make sure their loved ones are staying ahead of the game by getting regular checkups and mammograms, not only to ward off breast cancer but to avoid any of the number of types of cancer that plague the country.

When you see pink, hopefully it’ll inspire you to make an appointment for a mammogram or remember to do monthly breast exams. Early detection has been proven to improve the survival rate of breast cancer.

As most people know, breast cancer doesn’t only affect women. Men are afflicted as well and, although the number of men is lower than that of women, concern for their health is still great. Even men that aren’t dealing with breast cancer themselves are likely affected by it as a result of their wife, mother, sister, aunt, etc. having dealt with the disease. It’s great to see Ellis County standing up and recognizing the need for awareness and eradication of breast cancer and hopefully “Pink Out Day” will be a great success and just the beginning.

Don’t forget to wear pink tomorrow — this means you too, guys.

Kacy Hibdon is a staff writer for the Ennis Daily News and has been involved with charitable organizations raising awareness for breast cancer for many years. She can be reached at kacy@ennisdaily news.com.

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