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Herrin, IL kicks off its "Pink Out" campaign

HERRIN, IL (KFVS) -

The city of Herrin has officially kicked off its pink out campaign to promote breast cancer awareness month and encourage women to get their regular mammograms.

Several people gathered at the Herrin Hospital for the releasing of the pink balloons, celebrating survivors, remembering those who lost their battle to breast cancer, and those family members who have been affected.

Daisy Walker, who is currently fighting the disease, says although the journey hasn't been easy, seeing so many in the community coming together to support people like her, means everything.

"It makes you see how many people are there for you and it also gives you hope that they will come up with more answers and better treatments," Walker said.

 City leaders say the downtown businesses have pink lights, pole banner signs with a pink ribbon have been hung, and businesses and individuals have purchased pink items to assist in the Pink Out Herrin Campaign. 

"We really want breast cancer awareness to be on everybody's mind when they drive through Herrin," Executive Director for the Herrin Chamber of Commerce, Liz Lively said. "Every community loses a lot of good people to this disease and so we want to do anything we can to make sure people are getting their early detection through mammograms and this is an opportunity to work with other people and support our own community but at the same time, remind people how important early detection is for this disease."

The campaign has been a joint program between the City of Herrin, The Herrin Chamber of Commerce, and Herrin Hospital.

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