Archive for Saturday, October 26, 2013

Stepping Out Against Breast Cancer event mixes fun with a worthy cause

October 26, 2013, 9:57 p.m. Updated October 28, 2013, 6:44 p.m.

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Jane Kay, of Lawrence, a three-year cancer survivor, receives a hug from a Guardians of the Ribbon volunteer before signing a pink firetruck on display Saturday night outside of the Crown Toyota Pavillion in South Lawrence. The firetruck was on display as part of the Stepping Out Against Breast Cancer event.

Jane Kay, of Lawrence, a three-year cancer survivor, receives a hug from a Guardians of the Ribbon volunteer before signing a pink firetruck on display Saturday night outside of the Crown Toyota Pavillion in South Lawrence. The firetruck was on display as part of the Stepping Out Against Breast Cancer event.

Ruth Roy, of Ozawkie, signs a pink firetruck Saturday night outside of the Crown Toyota Pavillion in South Lawrence. The firetruck was on display as part of the Stepping Out Against Breast Cancer event.

Ruth Roy, of Ozawkie, signs a pink firetruck Saturday night outside of the Crown Toyota Pavillion in South Lawrence. The firetruck was on display as part of the Stepping Out Against Breast Cancer event.

Judi Long, of Lawrence, signs a pink firetruck in honor of her friend, Sonja Hutchinson, as Sedgwick County firefighter and Guardians of the Ribbon volunteer James Tiffany watches, Saturday night outside of the Crown Toyota Pavillion in South Lawrence. The firetruck was on display as part of the Stepping Out Against Breast Cancer event.

Judi Long, of Lawrence, signs a pink firetruck in honor of her friend, Sonja Hutchinson, as Sedgwick County firefighter and Guardians of the Ribbon volunteer James Tiffany watches, Saturday night outside of the Crown Toyota Pavillion in South Lawrence. The firetruck was on display as part of the Stepping Out Against Breast Cancer event.

It was a festive mix of pink, orange and black at the 21st annual Stepping Out Against Breast Cancer Dance on Saturday night, as costumed cancer survivors and supporters took in a night of Halloween fun at the fundraiser for breast cancer education and detection.

More than 800 people danced, bought raffle tickets to win elaborate prizes and enjoyed sandwiches, snacks, beer and wine at Stepping Out, which was held in the used car show room of Crown Toyota Pavilion, 3430 Iowa St.

Dressed as an owl in accordance with the night’s theme, “Give a hoot, give breast cancer the boot,” co-organizer of the event Lisa Patrick said the turnout of attendees was inspiring.

“It’s moving to see so much of the community come out to support people they don’t even know,” Patrick said.

Aside from all the fun, the event served a worthy cause. Proceeds will benefit the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Breast and Oncology Centers, meaning the money raised by the community will stay local.

Ruth Roy attended the event for the second time this year. A sonographer for Lawrence Memorial Hospital and nearly two-year breast cancer survivor, Roy said the event was close to her heart.

“It’s wonderful that the event directly supports the community and Lawrence Memorial Hospital,” Roy said. “I feel lucky in my job to be there for people during a time of fear because I’ve been there.”

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