Painting western North Dakota pink

October 30, 2018

All through October, our communities rallied to support the fight against breast cancer. Thank you to everyone who joined the cause this Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Supporters throughout the region braved the cold weather during our 5K and a high school pink out football game, said cheers with a pink beer and showed their pink pride with magenta hair extensions. These events, and other fundraising efforts throughout the year, help advance local breast cancer research and care at Sanford Bismarck.


Here are some of the highlights:

  • Luxe Beautique and Salon offered pink hair extensions all month long and set up shop on Oct. 5 in the Sanford Bismarck Medical Center.

  • Throughout October, Braun Distributing in Dickinson sold pink cases of beer and donated a portion of the proceeds.
  • Blarney Stone Pub raised a pint for the cure on Oct. 11. With pink beer added to their list of brews, the event raised $1,000. Merchandise sales at the event raised an additional $500.

  • With 425 participants, the 23rd annual Edith Sanford Run/Walk for Breast Cancer raised nearly $25,000 on Oct. 13, a 13 percent increase over last year. This success wouldn’t have been possible without all the participants, donors and the following sponsors: Family Wellness, Dan’s Supermarket, KX News, K&L homes Inc., Kirkwood Bank & Trust, Mandan Parks & Recreation and the Blarney Stone Pub. For more photos from the event, visit our Facebook page.

  • High school athletes and their fans from Century, Bismarck, Legacy, Mandan and St. Mary’s showed their pink pride at volleyball matches, football games and a swim meet. Fundraising activities during these games raised more than $3,000.



Building awareness

Many of these events gave local breast cancer survivors the opportunity to share their stories.

At the Edith Sanford Run/Walk for Breast Cancer’s kickoff, survivors Desri Neether and Ali Wald energized and inspired racers. Both women were both diagnosed in their 30s and emphasized that the disease can impact anyone.

“As you can see, cancer doesn’t discriminate,” Neether said. “It can affect anyone.”

After the race, survivor Andre Johnson continued that message.

“Don’t think it won’t happen to you, because it can,” Johnson said. Only one in 1,000 men will be diagnosed with the disease, compared to one in eight women. Johnson is one of those men.

Funds raised at these great events will not only help save lives today by improving access to comprehensive breast care — they will save future generations by advancing our shared goal of finding the cures.