The city of Canton and Northside Hospital Cherokee are hosting a one-mile walk in downtown Canton Oct. 9 to spread awareness and raise money for free mammograms during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The event, Think Pink Cherokee, is from 10 a.m. and noon. It will feature a one-mile informational walk in downtown Canton. There will be signs along the one-mile walk detailing different bits of information pertaining to breast cancer awareness. There will also be informational tents, live entertainment, breast cancer awareness activities, and a reception for all participants in the walk.

Canton Downtown Development Manager Velinda Hardy, a breast cancer survivor, said the idea for Think Pink Cherokee came from a similar annual event held in her hometown of Opelika, Ala. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“I just want to raise awareness,” Hardy said. “My hope is that the information given through this walk will be helpful when a family member may have to deal with breast cancer. I want people to be able to remember this information from the walk and potentially help them down the road.”

The walk and registration will begin in Cannon Park, 130 E. Main St. Registration at the event begins at 9 a.m. and is $20.

Pre-registration for $15 is now open. This includes walk participation, reception, and one Think Pink T-shirt. Those who want to assure they receive a shirt should complete the requested information and return it to the address or email indicated by Sept. 17. Only one participant per registration form. Requested shirt size will not be guaranteed if not pre-registered. All shirts must be picked up by Oct. 29 if the participant chooses not to walk.

“All proceeds from the event will be given to Northside Hospital Cherokee so it can provide underserved and underinsured citizens of Cherokee County with mammograms,” Hardy said.

Registration information and form can be found at bit.ly/3l6iKxp.

For questions or additional information, contact Hardy at velinda.hardy@cantonga.gov.

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Ethan is a reporter covering the cities of Holly Springs & Canton. He also covers city governments and lifestyle. He is a graduate of Kennesaw State University.

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