Breast cancer awareness and Jackson recycling event

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Jackson and Cape Girardeau are big rivals when it comes to football -- or any other sport or school competition. However, our cities also participate in many cooperative events. We have one of those events going on the entire month of October.

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, you'll be seeing a lot of pink alongside our Jackson red and Cape Girardeau orange.

Saint Francis Medical Center started the activities last Wednesday with an extravaganza that ended with a beautiful fireworks display. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend that event because of another commitment. We were leaving the event I attended and were outside when the fireworks display started. It was spectacular and could be seen for miles. There were many questions about what the fireworks were for. I was happy to be able to inform all of them that the display was to call attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Here in Jackson we'll also have events for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The beautiful Cape Girardeau County Courthouse will be lighted with a pink glow all month long. Jackson FBLA will be selling pink ribbons to decorate local businesses. Our Uptown Jackson Historic District will have these pink ribbons prominently displayed. Proceeds from the sale of the ribbons will go to breast cancer research. On Oct. 29, SoutheastHEALTH and A Sister's Hope organization will be sponsoring the second annual Pink Moon Run and Walk through Jackson.

Because one in eight women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer, we all have a relative, friend or have been personally affected by this disease.

Early screening, detection and treatment are key to breast cancer survival.

Support breast cancer awareness at all times -- but especially during the month of October.

I would also like to remind you that this Saturday is Customer Appreciation Day at the Jackson Recycling Center. Refreshments will be provided to all who recycle that day. M&J Shredding will be on hand Saturday morning to shred any confidential documents you need to have shredded and recycled at no charge. Also, there will be a drawing for free curbside recycling for the rest of the year.

For a list of all the items we accept at the Recycling Center, go to our website at under city services.

Thanks to all who are involved in the recycling effort. It is good for the environment.

Barbara Lohr is the mayor of Jackson.

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