BOZEMAN, Mont. – Businesses on Main Street in Bozeman will be showcasing all their pink gear as well as special offers to raise awareness and support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month was designated as October in 1985 to raise awareness and fundraising for a cure, while raising education on the importance of annual / early screening.
The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 950 women in the state of Montana will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2021. In 2018, in the greater Gallatin Valley, about a quarter of breast cancers were diagnosed in women. under 50 years old.
Although it is not as common, approximately 2,650 men per year are diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States.
PNKBZN is a community campaign for the month of October by Bozeman Bozeman Health, Advanced Medical Imaging, Cancer Support Community, Montana State University, Montana State University Athletics, and Downtown Bozeman Partnership, with graphic design support from PRIME Incorporated.
Montana State University and Bobcat Athletics Encourage Fans to Enter Third Edition “Pack the Place in Pink” event during the home football game on October 23 to promote breast cancer awareness.
To participate, individuals are encouraged to purchase a limited edition garment and wear it during the game against the State of Idaho. This year, items to purchase include: a pink short-sleeved shirt and a navy hoodie. The clothes will cost $ 15 and $ 40 respectively.
Part of the money will go to Cancer Support Community who said they have helped more than 500 people since March 2020 with programs that go beyond simple mammography screening.
“We sometimes do meals and we do healthy lifestyle activities, yoga to strength training a few times a week and throughout COVID we were able to move all of this virtually so people could still access our services,” especially in times of increased isolation. need support, ”said Claire Kennedy, Director of Development.
Bozeman Health’s message is to stay on top of your wellness appointments and regular screenings and you can find health system resources here.