You'll find Whiting in the "pink" this month as the city embraces events to fight breast cancer with what is officially known as a "Paint the Town Pink" campaign.
There are banners on our lampposts that have been purchased by organizations and individuals dedicated to the cause, or specifically dedicated to a loved one who has fought or is fighting cancer.
It's really quite moving when it gets dark, because all the banners have been lit and 119th Street literally glows with a pink light to remind us of what this month has come to mean.
Studio 659 gallery is now exhibiting its Pink Show, where all the art is pink and has been created by women.
The Stomp Out Cancer 5K Run/Walk through Whiting will be held Saturday. There's a $15 registration fee, which includes a T-shirt with advance registration only. Register now at The Junkyard, 1504 119th St., or join us for the walk on the day of the event.
Wednesday marks our first Cruise Night of the season, and you can take out your aggressions against this horrible disease by taking a mallet swing or two at the "cancer car," which will be parked at 119th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. An old dilapidated car is painted for this purpose each year by the Whiting High School Art Department.
There's a new event happening, a Survivor Brunch, from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. May 19 at Center Lounge. The brunch celebrates those fighting and/or surviving breast cancer. Survivors and fighters eat for free. All supporters pay $5 per person. A delicious brunch menu will be served and raffles will be held.
All proceeds raised during this month at the variety of events will be donated to the Cancer Resource Centre in Munster.
Another cancer event is the Relay for Life, which will take place in our city from midnight until 8 a.m. June 1 and 2 at the Whiting Park Pavilion.
Whiting Relay for Life Chairman Jean Lovasko is looking for teams to sign up for the walk that continues as a relay through the night. A beautiful Luminaria Ceremony held in tribute to loved ones touched by cancer begins the event, and the luminaries burn through the night..
Relay for Life is the signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society and our event in Whiting Park includes residents of Whiting, Hammond and East Chicago. Go to www.relayforlife.org/northlakein for more specific information.
My mom had breast cancer when she was only 44, five months before I was to be married. Breast cancer was not something people really talked about back then. She opted for a full mastectomy and did not require chemotherapy.
When I look back now, I realize how incredibly young she was and also how incredibly lucky we were that the doctors removed all the cancerous tissue. That was 40 years ago and there have been so many advancements in treatment. But it's still scary and I've always been so proud of my mother's strength and determination in fighting back. We have been blessed.