September 26, 2019


Wear Something Pink or Blue on Wednesday, October 16, 2019

(Toms River) – For the last 18 years, the Ocean County Health Department selects a day in October to recognize the strong individuals touched by cancer by asking residents to wear something pink or blue. This year, Pretty in Pink, Handsome in Blue Day is set for Wednesday, October 16, 2019.

“What started out as Pretty in Pink Day to recognize those with breast cancer, evolved to include all the brave individuals that have fought or are fighting any form of cancer,” explains Ocean County Freeholder Gerry P. Little, liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health. “Now we ask everyone to wear something pink or blue for the day to show your support.”

The American Cancer Society estimated that in 2018, more than 53,000 New Jerseyans would be diagnosed with cancer and more than 16,000 would die from the disease. It’s estimated that a total of 606,880 Americans will succumb to cancer in 2019. The most common type of cancer? Breast cancer tops the list with more than 270,000 people expected to be diagnosed in the United States this year.

“Just about everyone has a relative, friend, neighbor or co-worker that has been diagnosed with some form of cancer,” says Daniel E. Regenye, OCHD Public Health Coordinator.  “That’s why we ask our residents to participate in Pretty in Pink, Handsome in Blue Day to keep our thoughts on all those individuals that have been affected by this terrible disease.

Pretty in Pink, Handsome in Blue is also about spreading awareness. The Ocean County Health Department, and its community partners, encourage individuals to discuss with their health care provider potential cancer risks such as family cancer history. Learn more about when, why and how you can be tested for cancer. The earlier the detection the better chance to cure the disease. Cancer can strike anyone at anytime, but individuals can help themselves by trying to live a healthy lifestyle by eating right, exercising and not smoking.

“It’s a disease that does not discriminate. But the good news is there have been major advances in a variety cancer treatments over the last several years and people are living longer, added Regenye.” And on October 16 we will salute all the people that have had to struggle with cancer. Let them know you care by adding a little pink or blue to your wardrobe that day.”

The Pretty in Pink Day, Handsome in Blue Day is sponsored by the Ocean County Health Department, Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Long Beach Island Health Department, Family Planning Center of Ocean County, Ocean Monmouth Health Alliance, Ocean County Library System and NJ CEED Program.

To find out more about Pretty in Pink and Handsome in Blue Day, please visit the OCHD website at or follow us on Twitter@OCpublichealth or on Facebook. Also, please check out our new website at, to access and learn more about our Public Health is You Too! campaign to help equip you to take simple steps to improve your health.