By Leslie Terjesen on Friday, August 12, 2016

“Although October is a few months away, planning has begun for this year’s Pretty in Pink Day which has been changed to Pretty in Pink/Handsome in Blue Day, which will be celebrated on October 19th, recognizing both men and women who have had or are living with any type of cancer,” said Ocean County Freeholder Deputy Director Gerry P. Little, Liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health. “This is the 14th year of Pretty in Pink and although we are still focusing on breast cancer, it is time for us to include and also focus on every type of cancer that affects both women and men.  This day is a collaborative effort of the Ocean County Health Department (OCHD), the Long Beach Island Health Department, the Ocean County Department of Human Services, the Ocean/Monmouth Health Alliance, the Ocean County Advisory Commission on the Status of Women and the Ocean County Library.”


            "By having all of these agencies partner together, we are being proactive in our efforts to promote good health and healthy habits for men and women," said Freeholder Virginia E. Haines, who is liaison to the Ocean County Advisory Commission on the Status of Women. "I am pleased to support these events and happy the Advisory Commission and all of our partners take such an active role in making certain our citizens have access to services and information that promote a healthier lifestyle."


            Daniel Regenye, OCHD Public Health Coordinator, said that this event grows year by year.  He said every year we have participation from many of our schools, businesses, and community organizations.  He added, “With the growth of Ocean County, we feel it is important to take this one day and focus on all of our residents who have been affected by any type of cancer.  We like to feel that even if one person looks at our resources and makes an appointment for a necessary screening, we have made a difference….but we know that each year during Pretty in Pink, many women have picked up the phone and made an appointment for their mammography.  Now we hope people will look at the other screenings available and take advantage.”


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