Many years of walk­ing in pink

Bay News - - NEWS - Se­nior re­porter Re­becca Mauger

I’ve been writ­ing sto­ries about the an­nual breast can­cer fundrais­ing walk since its in­cep­tion in the early 2000s. It’s been go­ing for so long that many aren’t even sure when it be­gan. But af­ter delv­ing into our old

Bay News story ar­chives, it looks like it started as a small fun run/ walk in 2003 at Me­mo­rial Park to mark the end of Breast Can­cer Aware­ness month. About 40 peo­ple at­tended and they were en­cour­aged to wear their sil­li­est bra.

Thou­sands now at­tend and the dress code is full pink at­tire— the pinker and cra­zier the bet­ter. Women, and men, see it as a fun op­por­tu­nity to wear their most ou­tra­geous out­fit and get their friends to­gether for a walk while sup­port­ing the cause. It’s a time to re­mem­ber those who have passed and to cel­e­brate life.

This year there’s a new el­e­ment. Dec­o­rated dog­gies can go on the walk too. The pret­ti­est pooches could win a prize pack for best dressed. So cute.

Have fun this Oc­to­ber. PRETTY IN PINK: Jill For­long and He­len Alice, with Bos­ton, gear­ing up an­nual Hot Pink Walk. PHOTO/John Borren

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