October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) along with many other High Country businesses and organizations, have adopted a new Together We Fight approach to breast cancer.
The collaborative approach took shape after several community organizations discussed ways to join forces to support breast cancer patients on a local level.
The Together We Fight collaborative includes the following community events and fundraisers.
September 29: Tanger Outlets Blowing Rock PINK Campaign Launch Party
Tanger Outlets Blowing Rock will host a local food truck festival and PINK campaign launch party on Saturday, September 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition to the food truck festival, the event will feature a sidewalk sale, live entertainment, kid friendly activities and an opportunity to purchase PINKStyle cards. Participants will also have an opportunity to register for the High Country Walk/Run for Breast Cancer in Blowing Rock, NC.Learn More
October 6: Mining for a Purpose
Longtime owners of Doc’s Rocks Gem Mine Randy and Trina McCoy along with their son, D’Artagnan, will host their 7th annual “Mining for a Purpose” event at the gem mine. The McCoys donate 100 percent of the proceeds from this event to the Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center patient emergency fund. Since 2014, more than $59,000 has been donated through Mining for a Purpose to support the Cancer Center.Learn More
October 12: Pink Day
Back by popular demand, ARHS will host its 15th annual Pink Day celebration at both Watauga Medical Center and Cannon Memorial Hospital. The breast cancer awareness event and fundraiser is free and open to the public.
- 10 a.m. to noon at Cannon Memorial Hospital lobby in Linville, NC.
- 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Watauga Medical Center auditorium in Boone, NC.
Participants are encouraged to wear pink, purchase raffle tickets, schedule a mammogram, and hear remarks from a breast cancer survivor. A Watauga Surgical Group surgeon will also share information about the new Hidden Scar® Breast Cancer Surgery approach being used at Watauga Medical Center. Light refreshments will be provided.
Each year Pink Day raises money through raffle items and donations, 100 percent of which will support the Cancer Center’s radiation oncology enhancement campaign.Learn More
October 13: Kilograms for Mammograms
This year CrossFit Boone, Seven Seals CrossFit and Ashe CrossFit are working together to support the cause through a new program called Kilograms for Mammograms. This fitness oriented fundraiser will celebrate survivors and help remove the cost barrier for those in need of a mammogram – all proceeds will go to the Wilma Redmond Mammography Fund. The inaugural event will also include a silent auction and kid-friendly exercise challenges. Kilograms for Mammograms will take place at the Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center. To learn more visit wellness.apprhs.org.Learn More
October 27: High Country Walk/Run for Breast Cancer
The second annual High Country Walk/Run for Breast Cancer will take place at 9 a.m. in Blowing Rock, NC. The event is hosted by the High Country Breast Cancer Foundation and 100 percent of the funds raised are used to provide for the needs of breast cancer patients, survivors and their families in the High Country.