Grab some pink garb and head to the downtown square for Turn Tyler Pink from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 11, hosted by the Tyler Professional Firefighters’ Association. The family-friendly event raises awareness and money for cancer patients and survivors in Tyler.
The event features live entertainment, door prizes, food trucks, face painting, a blood drive, tours of mammogram buses, and health information.
Local firefighters created Cancer Awareness and Relief Effort, or CARE, in 2008 and hosted its first Turn Tyler Pink event in 2009. Organizers will sell 2016 Tyler Firefighters CARE T-shirts at the event. Since the inception of the effort, firefighters have made tens of thousand of dollars in donations, including $61,210 for women’s cancer organizations, $1,800 for firefighter organizations, and $16,550 for current and retired firefighters as well as their dependents who have survived cancer.
Breast cancer awareness is critical for the African American community. While white women have a higher incidence rate than other groups, black women are more likely to die from breast cancer.