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October 21, 2018

Annual run is time to ‘Go Pink’ to aid breast cancer awareness and mammography assistance

This year’s Pink Pumpkin Run – Marshall County’s most popular fall running event – takes off Saturday, October 27 at Guntersville Civitan Park to raise awareness of breast cancer.  

The 9th annual USTAF certified 5K, 10K and 1-mile Fun Run draw thousands to participate for a good cause. Proceeds from the Pink Pumpkin Run stay local and are used to fund the Mammography Assistance Program (MAP) for women at Marshall Medical Centers North and South. Through the funds provided from MAP, women who cannot afford a yearly mammogram are offered assistance. Over the last year, more than 250 mammograms have been performed using funds raised at Pink Pumpkin events.  

“Last year we had unfortunately cold and rainy weather and still half of the 1,500 registered runners showed up for the event, which raised over $55,000,” said Andrea Oliver, Director of the Foundation for Marshall Medical Centers.

“This year we have a backup plan to hold the bulk of the activities indoors at Guntersville Middle School if the weather acts up again.  Regardless of the weather, it’s a really meaningful day where we get to honor everyone who has fought the battle with cancer,” Oliver said.

In the past year, MAP served 265 patients, or about 22 patients per month. Seventeen percent of those patients required follow up screening, which also is covered by MAP.

The purpose of the Mammography Assistance Program (MAP) is to provide free mammogram screenings for patients of any age who are uninsured, under- insured or do not meet the qualifications for the Alabama Breast and Cervical Cancer Program or any other assistance programs. With many women underemployed and/or uninsured, the need for breast cancer detection screenings exceeds allotted state funding. Through the funds provided from MAP, women who cannot afford a yearly mammogram have access to the annual screening which is critical for early detection.

Often the concern over the loss of income because of time away from work or the lack of transportation or gas money prevents women from having this potentially life-saving test performed on an annual basis, Oliver said. 

“Through MAP we have the ability to overcome these obstacles for many women.” 

Race registration is open at Special registration rates are available for students and breast cancer survivors.  Team, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are also available.  For more information call 256.571.8026 or email   

The event holds something for everyone including fun music, children’s activities, and the popular Pink Pancake Brunch, which is free to runners. A donation is requested from all others who are welcome to a plate of hot pancakes and sausage. 

All registered runners will receive a goodie bag and T-shirt, and the 5K and 10K feature chip timing for fast and accurate results.  This year, the race will be a “Pink Out” theme. All participants are encouraged to dress up in as much pink as possible and race shirts will all be pink for the first time ever.

Even if you can’t participate, you can still be part of the cause. Anyone can donate online, raise money online by creating a free pledge page, volunteer or sign up for the Sleep In Option for a T-shirt and the cozy comforts of your own bed on race day morning. 

Complete details and online registration for the 9th Annual Pink Pumpkin Run can be found here -2018 Pink Pumpkin Run Details

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