(10/01/13) - Blackstone's in downtown Flint was pretty in pink early Tuesday morning with dozens of people gathering to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
"We are celebrating 2.9 million breast cancer survivors alive today because of the work we are doing and the community is doing right alongside with us," said Jenny Beamer, of the American Cancer Society.
For many of those in attendance, the cause hits close to home.
"My mother is a breast cancer survivor and she's 82 years old, and she's strong and fit," said Linda Russell, of Cumulus Broadcasting.
The American Cancer Society has a very busy month of awareness events planned.
"We have 17 walks taking place in October in the state of Michigan. We have three coming up. Lapeer, Midland, and Owosso on Oct. 19, and Oct. 26 right here in downtown Flint and Saginaw," said Evelyn Barella, of the American Cancer Society.
On Thursday, Blackstone's will be the spot for the annual Pink Night Flint celebration. Last year's festivities raised $47,000 for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign.
"We have a huge party planned. This is the third year we're hosting it. It's very close to our hearts. It's going to be a packed house," said Heather Lurvey, owner of Blackstone's.
Among the feature attractions - a fashion show that should have plenty of people talking.
"I have 30 bras, I have 15 models. They run down the catwalk, they'll model the bras, and then we'll auction them off," said Olga Long, of Financial Plus.
Speaking of auction items, there's none bigger than this - it's an electric guitar, signed by the singer Pink.
"We'll be bundling that with tickets to her concert in November at the Palace, as well as a car for the weekend donated by Al Serra, so that is a huge package, and we're sure that it's going to be a crowd pleaser and help us raise a lot of money for Making Strides," Long said.
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