Macon actively supports breast cancer awareness

Throughout the month of October and the beginning of November, Macon has been supporting breast cancer awareness.
On Nov. 2, from 7 p.m. until midnight, Oktoberfest took place at the Armory Ballroom in downtown Macon.
Oktoberfest is a fundraiser that is put together by several different groups in the Macon community.
Tickets were sold prior to the event for $35 each. Those who bought a ticket were provided with food and bottomless beer for the evening.
Oktoberfest benefits the Central Georgia Breast Care Center at the Medical Center of Central Georgia, as well as Paint the Town Pink, an event that takes place throughout the month of October.
Paint the Town Pink works towards raising breast cancer awareness and teaching women in the community about the importance of mammograms.
The Armory Ballroom was transformed into a Bavarian Beer Hall in order to create an inviting atmosphere for those willing to support the cause.
The Rookery catered the event and the Moon Hanger Group provided food. Back City Woods, a local band, was playing music at the event.
Nancy White, Director of Oncology at the Medical Center of Central Georgia, explained the purpose of the event: “Oktoberfest helps to raise awareness about the disease and helps pay for mammograms for women who can’t afford them.”
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer found in women.
One in eight women will have been diagnosed with this disease within her lifetime. However, breast cancer has one of the highest cure rates of all cancers if it is detected early. This is why Paint the Town Pink and Oktoberfest put such a large emphasis on the importance of receiving mammograms.
Another event that took place in Macon to support breast cancer awareness was The Pink Promise for Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. From Oct. 19-26, tents were set up at The Shoppes at River Crossing, and fundraising took place for Susan G. Komen Central Georgia.
The race itself took place at 7 a.m. at North Peach Park in Byron, Ga., on Oct. 27. Registration lasted from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. There were food venues that were open from 7 a.m. until 9 a.m. A survivor celebration walk took place at 8:25 a.m. in order to honor and congratulate those who have battled and survived breast cancer. The 5K run began at 9 a.m. and the 5K walk began at 9:10 a.m.
For more information about Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure or for more information about how to make a donation, email [email protected] or call 478-390-4828.