UNIONTOWN -- Uniontown High School volleyball will host Dig Pink Night, an event designed to promote October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, at its home triangular with St. Paul and Northeast, which begins tonight at 6 p.m. in the West Bourbon Elementary School gymnasium.
"This is our team's opportunity to show support and recognize anyone who is currently battling cancer or is a cancer survivor that may be in attendance," UHS coach Jackie Hall said.
This fall, thousands of teams from around the country will participate in the Dig Pink National Breast Cancer Awareness Rally. High School and college teams will promote breast health education by wearing pink to symbolize their support to eradicate this disease.
Mercy Health Center donated pink warm up shirts for the team, coaches and managers as well the team's special honorees.
Other area teams that will host Dig Pink Night during this season include Fort Scott Community College, Fort Scott High School, Pleasanton High School and Jayhawk-Linn High School. Northeast will also host a Dig Pink Night at one of its home dates in Arma.
According to data by Kaiser State Health Facts, in 2006 Kansas ranked 5th highest in the U.S.among breast cancer incidences per 100,000 women -- well above the national average. Yet in 2008, Kansas women over age 50 report having fewer mammograms than the national norm.
In conjunction with Breast Center Awareness Month, the health center is gearing up for a 24-hour mammogram marathon on Thursday, Oct. 21 when women can receive their annual mammogram around the clock.
"We invite women who are due for a mammogram to join us for a full-day celebration with giveaways and 'Cake at 8'...p.m. that is," explained Becky Williams, Mercy Director of Imaging Services. "Even if you are a woman who's mammogram is not due, we encourage you care for your best friend by ensuring she has an appointment and bringing her to the event."
To schedule a mammogram, call Mercy Health Center Radiology Department at (620) 223-7015.