Despite going virtual for a second year in a row, the Northside Hospital Paint Gwinnett Pink 5K Walk/Run for Breast Cancer has received nearly $1 million so far from event registrations and other donations from the community, almost double what was raised last year.
Money raised from the Oct. 23 event will be used to purchase three new advanced digital breast tomosynthesis machines, also known as 3D mammography, for Northside Hospital Gwinnett, Northside Hospital Duluth and the Northside Imaging Center at Hamilton Mill. The technology helps doctors detect breast cancer earlier.
"Breast cancer doesn't slow down for a pandemic," said Jennifer Griffin, oncology physician liaison at Northside Hospital Gwinnett and co-founder of Paint Gwinnett Pink. "Paint Gwinnett Pink was created to support those fighting breast cancer, celebrate survivors, and remember the beautiful lives lost to the disease; I am overwhelmed by the tremendous support we have received from our community again this year."
Paint Gwinnett Pink is now in its sixth year. More than 531 individuals, including 73 breast cancer survivors, participated in the annual tradition, which was socially distanced and virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants were encouraged to walk or run on their own – in their best running gear or their pajamas. The event concluded with a live-streamed award ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 23.
Northside Hospital Cancer Institute Breast Cancer Program diagnoses and/or treats more breast cancer patients than any other cancer program in the Southeast. The hospital offers a complete range of services for patients including education, genetic counseling, imaging, radiation oncology, chemotherapy, surgery, support, rehabilitation and more – covering every aspect of breast care. Early detection of breast cancer saves the lives of thousands of women each year
Donations to the 2021 Northside Hospital Paint Gwinnett Pink are still being accepted through Dec. 31, 2021. For more information or to make a donation visit: support.paintgwinnettpink.com.
Mark your calendars: Paint Gwinnett Pink will return on Oct. 15, 2022.
As a national leader in the fight against breast cancer, Northside Hospital Cancer Institute supports the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) recommendation for annual mammograms beginning at age 40. Because of their family history, genetic tendency or other risk factors, some women should be screened with a breast MRI in addition to mammography. Talk with your doctor about your personal and family history and whether you should have additional tests or should start screening for breast cancer at an earlier age.
Learn more about mammography at Northside Hospital.