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Cancer Walk and Community Festival to raise awareness of breast cancer

Proceeds will benefit families affected by the illness, organization says


SPRING LAKE — Pink Dymons will hold its seventh annual 5K Cancer Walk and Community Festival on Sept. 30.

The festival is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon at 300 Ruth St. in Spring Lake, according to a news release.

The festival was founded to encourage activism against cancer and support for those impacted by any form of the disease.

Proceeds will assist families in communities across several states, the release said.

“Since the inaugural 5K Cancer Walk & Community Festival, the support of the community has been invaluable,” said Pink Dymons CEO Dymon Irons-Bryant. “The outpouring of resources and participation has not only surpassed expectations but has also provided assistance to families and communities in numerous states.”

Pink Dymons is a nonprofit organization that was founded by Irons-Bryant and co-founded by Shawon Bryant during Dymon’s personal battles with cancer beginning in August 2012.

On July 18, 2016, in Bamberg, South Carolina, Irons-Bryant enlisted the help of like-minded individuals to form a charity that would provide resources such as emotional support, educational awareness and financial support for those who have been touched by cancer, according to the group’s website.

Proceeds from this festival will support financial assistance for patients and families, including holiday donations, the release said.

According to the American Cancer Society and Breast Cancer Research Foundation, breast cancer is the leading cause of death by cancer in minority women and the second leading cause of cancer death of all women in the United States.

Research has shown that while Black women have a 4% lower incidence of breast cancer than white women, Black women have a 40% higher breast cancer death rate, the release said.

Early detection is important, which is why Irons-Bryant is making mammograms accessible.

Pink Dymons will sponsor mammograms for uninsured women. The Invision Diagnostics mammogram van will be at the festival to provide exams. Additionally, free blood pressure screenings will be offered throughout the day, the release said.

Registration is $30 and is available at www.pinkdymons.org.

Teams of 10 or more participants will receive a $5 discount for each member, making registration $25 per registrant.

Registrants will receive a festival T-shirt and commemorative medal.

For more information, contact Dymon Irons-Bryant at pink.dymons@gmail.com or visit www.pinkdymons.org.

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