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Turn Tyler Pink awareness event slated Oct. 1

TYLER – September 28, 2013-- Downtown Tyler will be covered in a sea of pink on Tuesday, Oct. 1, for the fifth annual Turn Tyler Pink Cancer Awareness event from 5-7 p.m. The event is completely free and provides numerous educational booths for women about cancer awareness and early detection.

Carter BloodCare will have its mobile blood bank at the event and anyone who donates blood will receive a coupon for a free Turn Tyler Pink t-shirt. There will also be two mobile Mammogram units at the event promoting cancer awareness and spreading the word to get screened frequently.

The event will feature the Robert E. Lee Fiddlers, the TJC drum line, Hogg Middle School Cheerleaders, the Van Fire Department Fire Safety House, Mabank Firefighter Clowns, face painting and much more.

The Firefighter Clowns are real firefighters who dress up in a mixture of bunker gear and colorful costumes to educate children about fire safety. Each clown has a stage name that relates to an aspect of firefighting, like Hose, Pike Pole, Axe, etc. The Van Fire Department will be on hand to teach fire exit drills to children inside the inflatable Fire Safety House.

“We felt the best way to get women more interested in the event was to also include their children and it just seemed natural as firefighters to teach fire safety,” said Tyler Firefighter Steve Countryman. “We really hope to raise a lot of money towards the cause and educate people in a fun environment.”

This year’s participants are:

  • American Cancer Society – Tyler
  • Because I Care (Be The Match Registry)
  • Bras For A Cause / Women’s Council of Realtors
  • Carter BloodCare
  • City of Tyler
  • East Texas Radio Group (KYKX, Sunny 106.5, The Ranch, La Invasora)
  • ETMC / EMS
  • ETMC Cancer Institute / Breast Care Center
  • FitSteps For Life / Cancer Foundation for Life
  • Gallery Main Street
  • Holiday Inn South Broadway
  • Mabank Fire Department
  • Metabolic Research Center – Tyler
  • North East Texas Public Health
  • Susan G. Komen For The Cure – Tyler
  • Texas Oncology – Tyler
  • The Hospice of East Texas
  • Trinity Mother Francis Ross Breast Center
  • Tyler Convention and Visitor Bureau
  • Tyler Fire Department / Combat Challenge
  • Tyler Fire Fighter / CARE
  • Tyler Hematology-Oncology, P. A.
  • Tyler Independent School District
  • UT Health Northeast
  • Van Fire Department

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