October 18, 2011 —
Pink was the color of Honesdale on October 15.
Pink balloons adorned both sides of the Main Street bridge and on most of the parking meters along Main and Church Street. People were wearing pink caps, pink T-shirts and pink coats. Some even had pink shoes.
The event was the Pink Party in the Park that expressed the need for greater awareness of the dread disease that has plagued women for centuries and is showing some signs of lessening in recent years.
The event, which was co-sponsored by Wayne Memorial Hospital, The Apple Day Spa and The Wayne Independent newspaper, was intended to raise money as well as awareness.
Strings of brassieres, each one indicating a five dollar donation, were strung together from tree to tree along Central Park as numerous events were held. One such event was the “Stiletto Stampede,” a race in which women run in stiletto high-heels across the park, having obtained sponsorships of at $50 each.
“We need to promote breast care awareness for women across the board,” said volunteer Heather Holmes of Honesdale. “We need more education about breast cancer and to promote regular check-ups, mammograms and self-examination.”
“One of the most important things is regular self-examination of one’s breast,” said Carol Spiczer, 41, of Aldenville who survived breast cancer twice. “No one knows their bodies better than women themselves. Examine yourself twice a month.
If you observe any change in the color of nipples or any unusual excretions, or observe any kind of lump, go directly to your doctor.”
Lisa Champeau, public relations director of Wayne Memorial said that women could sign up for a mammogram at a table next to a food concession. “We need to raise money also for women who can not afford necessary care,” she said.
Karen Houshultz, owner of the Apple Day Spa, said that she, Champeau and Michelle Hessling, publisher of The Wayne Independent had been working for a year to bring the national event to Honesdale.
“We hope to raise at least $2,000 for the Susan G. Komen/NEPA,” Champeau said. “We need to steer woman towards taking charge of their own health, which truly can be exciting and rewarding, just like this event.”