Donaldsonville United

Allison B. Hudson

The Donaldsonville Chamber of Commerce is asking the entire Donaldsonville community to join together for breast cancer awareness month in October.

The Chamber has created "paint the town pink" initiative asking all residents and businesses of the Donaldsonville community to sport their pink shirts every Friday in the month of October that was designed locally.

The Chamber has partnered with the local schools and will make special presentations during halftime at both Ascension Catholic and Donaldsonville High School football games.

Many of our loved ones or friends have suffered from breast cancer, and some fortunate enough to beat the cancer, and others weren't, as a community we want to come together to show our support in helping our loved ones and neighbors who may be suffering from breast cancer.

According to statistics from the American Cancer Society (ACS), nearly

230,480 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2011, and another 57,650 will be diagnosed with carcinoma in situ (CIS), a non-invasive, early form of breast cancer. Breast cancer remains a leading cause of cancer death in women, second only to lung cancer. More than

39,500 women will die from the disease in 2011. One woman in every eight

will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in her lifetime.

Since only about 5-10 percent of breast cancers are hereditary, prevention

can play a key role in a woman's risk management strategy. The ACS recommends making lifestyle choices such as eating right, getting regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight to help a woman significantly reduce her risk of developing breast cancer.

During the month, photos of sporting your pink shirts and other initiatives will be photographed and placed in the Chief.

Shirts are already selling fast at only $10, and can be ordered by calling 225-473-4814 or visiting the Chamber office located at 714 Railroad Avenue.