Pink on Parade Breast Cancer Walk
Featuring a 5K walk-run up Riverside’s iconic Mt. Rubidoux and a 1.8K Family Fun Walk around Ryan Bonaminio Park, the fifth annual Pink on Parade breast cancer awareness walk presented by the Pink Ribbon Place, a program of Riverside Community Health Foundation, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15.
The run/walk is open to participants of all ages, who are encouraged to wear pink to support the cause. The event will also feature a Kids’ Expo with face painting, fun projects and games, including the “Strike Down Breast Cancer!” dunk tank.
“We are very fortunate to have the support of the city of Riverside and the community to be able to have Pink on Parade in our own backyards,” said Dan Anderson, president and CEO of Riverside Community Health Foundation. “The walk truly brings together people of all ages and backgrounds to support those who have been impacted by the disease in our community.”
Lauren Potter from Riverside, an advocate and actress best known for her role as Becky in Fox’s hit TV series “Glee,” will walk in support of her mother, this year’s honorary chair Robin Sinkhorn.
“It’s important that we have resources like The Pink Ribbon Place in our community,” said Sinkhorn, a registered nurse and advocate for breast cancer awareness and children with special needs and disabilities. “I never thought that [breast cancer] would happen to me. I didn’t have the typical risk factors so I felt pretty safe. Luckily though, I did my mammograms on a regular basis, so my cancer was identified at an early stage. That’s why breast cancer awareness and regular screenings are so very important – because it saves lives.”
Registration opens at 7:30 a.m., followed by pre-race activities at 8 a.m. and the walk at 8:30 at Ryan Bonaminio Park by the west entrance at Gregory Road.
Early registration starts at $15 for students and seniors (with valid ID) and $30 for adults and survivors. Official Pink on Parade 2016 t-shirts will be provided for all early registration participants (excluding children). Registration prices will increase after Sept. 24. Online registration is open at http://www.pinkonparade.org.
Team and spirit awards will be presented by The Pink Ribbon Place for those who have the most spirit and who have raised the most money. Teams also have the ability to gain access to an exclusive Team Tailgate Party throughout the event by raising $500 or more.
All proceeds from the event will go directly to support programs of The Pink Ribbon Place, which increase breast cancer awareness, provide education about early detection, provide access to mammograms and biopsies for women under the age of 40, and provide support and resources for women and men in the local community who are newly diagnosed or facing a recurrence of breast cancer at no cost.
This year’s Pink on Parade sponsors are Borrego Community Health Foundation, Riverside Community Hospital, Parkview Community Hospital, Loma Linda University Health, City of Riverside and The Press-Enterprise.
Ryan Bonaminio Park is located at 5000 Tequesquite Ave. in Riverside.
For more information about how to get involved with Pink on Parade or to register as a walker or volunteer, visit the event website.
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