The public is invited to attend a flag raising on Oct. 2 at 9:30 a.m. at Town Hall to commemorate the start of Breast Cancer Awareness month. The Easton Board of Selectmen voted earlier this month to fly the familiar pink breast cancer awareness flag.
“Flying the breast cancer awareness flag is one small gesture we can make to honor and show solidarity with those whose lives have been touched by this disease and to remind everyone when they see the pink flag during the month of October that screening and early detection are powerful weapons in the ongoing fight to increase survival rates,” stated First Selectman David Bindelglass in a press release.
Bindelglass, who is the husband of a breast cancer survivor, stated in the press release that he knows those who face breast cancer can be strengthened by a supportive community around them, so inviting the public to the flag raising on Monday is one way to show solidarity with anyone in the community who wants to honor a loved one, or know that they are not alone in their battle against the disease.
Bindelglass also acknowledged Wendy Bowditch, his Republican challenger for first selectman, who suggested to the Board of Selectmen that the flag be raised and donated the flag.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month, held in October every year, aims to promote screening and prevention of the disease, which affects one in eight women in the United States every year and 2.3 million women worldwide. Known best for its pink theme color, the month features a number of campaigns and programs.
Conducted by groups ranging from breast cancer advocacy organizations to local community organizations to major retailers, the campaigns aim to support people diagnosed with breast cancer, including metastatic breast cancer. They also educate people about breast cancer risk factors, stress the importance of regular screening determined by a woman and her doctor, and fundraise for breast cancer research.