Carthage is about to go pink.

Carthage is about to go pink.

The McCune-Brooks Healthcare Foundation is gearing up for “Pink Week,” in which the community will join in on the fun in numerous ways to support Breast Cancer Awareness and the “Pink Ribbon Crusade.”

The Carthage R-9 School District has jumped onboard with the Pink Week festivities for the week of Oct. 15-19. All home athletic teams and band will be sporting the pink with shoe laces, ribbons and other items, provided by the foundation. At the varsity football game against Willard, all fans are encouraged to wear pink as well. The first 500 fans will receive a pink pom-pom. At this game, “Memory” balloons will be sold for a $1 and released at half-time, and with every touchdown by Carthage, the cheerleaders will throw footballs into the crowd.

Don't have a pink shirt? No problem.

The foundation will have three designs on pink shirts by the second week of October. The shirts will be available at Prime Elements, the Pink Rose Gift Shop, or by calling the hospital.

Both Carthage McDonald's locations will donate 25 cents from every PINK drink sold in the month of October.

During the The Maple Leaf Luncheon and Stroll and Shop on Oct. 17, the Phelps House serving lunch from 11:30-1 p.m. Dessert will be served across the street at the home of Pat and Judy Goff. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the Pink Rose Gift Shop in the hospital or purchased at the door. A "Pink Boutique" and sweet treats from Kate's will be available inside the Phelps house. Visitors are encouraged to take a short walk to All Things Grand and Between Friends for a unique shopping experience.

For all of these events, proceeds will go to the Pink Ribbons Mammogram Program.

About the program
The Pink Ribbons Mammogram Program is through the McCune-Brooks Healthcare Foundation.  It was started through a gift to the foundation by Suzanne King of Austin, Texas, and her "Pink Ribbons Crusade" to benefit women's health. While the local program is not need based, it is primarily directed toward women who would find the cost a burden. Ms. King's philosophy is that financial need should never preclude any woman from receiving such an important diagnostic test.  To date, the program has been able to assist more than 1,000 women in the area by providing mammogram vouchers.  All money stays in this area. 
Mammogram vouchers can be obtained by calling the foundation office at 359-2657.