Marsha Davidson of Midlothian and a local group of volunteers, Texas Against Breast Cancer, are still recruiting teams and individuals to support the fight against breast cancer.

The group has designated Oct. 19 as Ellis County’s Passionately Pink for the Cure Day through the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.

A breast cancer survivor, Davidson said she hopes to raise awareness about the disease.

“I am a breast cancer survivor and I just wanted to do something to help support finding a cure for it because even though I was diagnosed three years ago, I’ve had cancer twice since then,” she said.

Board members Dalaine Fletcher and Barbara Ellison also shared their reasons for participating.

“I wanted to get involved with Texans Against Breast Cancer because my mother and two of my very best friends are going through breast cancer treatments at the same time and have had a total of seven recurrences,” Fletcher said. “After serving on the board for the Ellis County Relay for Life for over three years, I knew I needed to be involved in raising awareness and funds to help find a cure for breast cancer specifically.”

“I wanted to be a part of this fund-raising activity to show my love and support for my friends who have been touched by breast cancer,” Ellison said. “I think it’s important that the word be spread about the risk of breast cancer and the importance of early detection.”

Volunteers are still needed, Davidson said.

“We are a fairly new organization of local volunteers who are wanting to recruit teams of individuals to join and support the fight against breast cancer,” she said. “We are in our recruitment period and we have a large number of teams that are forming in the area so we are really excited about the responses we’re receiving.”

Fletcher said she is pleased with the response so far, saying, “People are excited there’s an easy way to get involved in the fight against breast cancer.”

Passionately Pink for the Cure is a new fund-raising and education program of Susan G. Komen for the Cure during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is October. Participants are asked to wear pink and make a donation of $5 or more.

A Passionately Pink Party is planned for 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at Waxahachie Bible Church. It will include a catered dinner and entertainment and a silent auction will be held to raise additional funds. Tickets are $25 for singles and $40 per couple and must be purchased in advance.

Registration forms are due by Sept. 21, but Davidson said the only requirements are to wear pink on Oct. 19 and donate $5 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists working toward a cure.

Events like Passionately Pink for the Cure have invested nearly $1 billion and are the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.

“The Susan G. Komen foundation is just one of the organizations that helps provide this type of information to the general public and I'm very excited about participating in this event,” Ellison said. “This is such an easy way to support by participating in the Passionately Pink event and I encourage everyone to join us in this fight to find a cure for breast cancer. I think Ellis County is going to look lovely in pink on Oct. 19.”

Breast cancer is diagnosed every day in the community and without a cure, one in eight women in the United States will continue to be diagnosed with breast cancer. Without a cure, about 5 million Americans will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 1 million could die during the next 25 years.

For more information, call Davidson at (214) 878-4350, Ellison (972) 743-1239, Fletcher at (214) 773-7191 or e-mail mdbepinkforcure@aol.com.

To make a donation, go to www.komen.org or mail to Texans Against Breast Cancer at P.O. Box 1103, Midlothian, TX 76065.

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