Many years of walking in pink
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