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Pink pumpkins promote breast cancer walk

WADHAMS While many people think of orange pumpkins, breast cancer awareness advocates want people to think pink. Throughout Westport and Elizabethtown, pink-painted pumpkins are popping up, promoting breast cancer awareness. On Sunday, Oct. 21, the 2nd Annual Breast Cancer Walk will take place. The course will take pedestrians from the United Church of Christ in Wadhams to Floral Hall in Westport. The event is sponsored by the Ping Pig and Honora Honey Carpenter. Carpenter and Pink Pig Proprietor Debbie Schrodt are coordinating the event with Susan Bullock. Last year, the event attracted 69 participants and organizers are hoping to the attract 100 people this year. Were very excited were hoping its bigger and better than last year, said Schrodt. Were trying to get the message out to as many people as possible. Registration for the walk will start at 11 a.m., with the walk departing at 11:30 a.m. Gifts and food will be offered after the walk at a celebration in Floral Hall, along with informational booths. People should pre-register to receive a T-shirt. Registration is $5, and participants are also asked to collect sponsors with a sponsorship form. Registrations and money can be dropped off at Honey Carpenters in Westport or the Pink Pig Store in Wadhams, or mailed to Honey Carpenter, PO Box 116, Westport 12993. Funds raised will be donated between Susan B. Kohman Foundation and the Fitzpatrick Cancer Center in Plattsburgh. Carpenter, a breast cancer survivor, said the event was a chance for people to offer their support. People unable to walk can fill in other capacities, like helping with registration. Its more of a support for those of us who have it. Its our friends coming out to show support, said Carpenter. It keeps me going. I know the money raised will be used for research. The pink pumpkins, decorated by Schrodt with paint and glitter, are for sale. A donation is being requested for the pumpkins. Along with the walk and pumpkins, Schrodt said that ten percent of her stores profits for October will be donated for breast cancer research, including purchases made through her web site, www.pinkpigwestport.com. For more information, call Honey at 982-4543 or Debbie at 962-8833.

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