It’s hard to believe, but “Pink in the Rink” in Toledo is turning 6 years old this year. The annual celebration of survivorship and breast cancer awareness has been taking place at Huntington Center since the Toledo Walleye’s inaugural season, 2009-2010. And every year, ProMedica and the Toledo Walleye are proud to come together to support the efforts of Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio.
Watch our slideshow of cancer survivors and supporters attending Pink in the Rink over the years:
Why “Pink in the Rink”?
“Pink in the Rink” didn’t originate in Toledo, but that doesn’t stop our community from supporting a meaningful event.
“During their first season, the Walleye wanted to have a promotional night that was community based,” says Brian Perkins, director of Toledo Walleye Ticket Sales and Services. “Being new to the ECHL, we looked at what other teams did in their communities and a popular night was ‘Pink in the Rink.’ We reached out to the local Komen affiliate and we created the night. We had already seen a lot of success with ‘Pink’ events at the ballpark and with the Komen Race for the Cure that takes place in Toledo each year. Adding a similar event to the new hockey team was a no-brainer.”
Perkins says the annual promotion is important for several reasons, including awareness, fundraising efforts and community impact.
“Unfortunately, breast cancer has touched many peoples’ live through friends, family, or personal diagnosis, and having an event that can bring the community together in a positive manner is important,” Perkins says.
Proud to be Pink
Since its inception, “Pink in the Rink” has been sponsored by ProMedica. The organization has a long history of supporting Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio, and is a proud recipient of the Komen Grant for the C.A.R.E.S. (Collaboration, Access, Reduction of Barriers, Empowerment, and Screening) program. Through the generous grant, ProMedica Cancer Institute is able to provide free mammograms to patients in Defiance, Erie, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, and Wood counties to individuals with no insurance or insurance with a high deductible for mammograms. “Pink in the Rink” is another way to communicate the resources and programs available to area breast cancer patients and survivors.
“ProMedica is proud to participate in ‘Pink in Rink’ for the sixth consecutive year,” says Ann Kujawa, vice president of ProMedica Cancer Institute. “The event is a way to support cancer survivors and promote cancer awareness, which all greatly benefit our community.”
Pink in the Rink 2016 takes place Feb. 26-28 at Huntington Center and proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio.
“We love Pink in the Rink because it raises significant awareness about breast cancer in our area as well as celebrates all of the incredible survivors,” says Mary Wesphal, executive director of Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio. “ProMedica and the Toledo Walleye are wonderful partners in the fight to end breast cancer in Northwest Ohio. The support we receive goes a long way to help the many women and men in our service area who need breast cancer assistance.”
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