City pitches in to fight breast cancer

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Pink water flowing in the Englewood Civic Center fountain and pink ribbons adorning trees around the city will appear in September in support of the project promoting breast cancer awareness.

“The city is turning the water in the fountain pink on Sept. 7 and we’ll begin tying the ribbons on trees about Sept. 9,” said Rosemarie Cabral, head of the project. “This is the sixth year the Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce has sponsored the go-pink project. A lot of the businesses are supporting by decorating windows in pink, so we have got things started.”

As part of the project, the art show featuring the Breasts of Colorado will open with festivities from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Cuttn’ It Loose Salon at 901 Englewood Parkway, Suite 100, where plaster breast castings decorated by local artists will be on display. The event features a live band, refreshments and a silent auction.

Cabral said the event is a fundraiser for Sense of Security, a nonprofit that helps breast cancer patients in treatment with basic living expenses such as rent or mortgages, utilities and other household expenses.

The creations began in July when 20 volunteers had plaster casts made of their breasts. Then the castings were turned over to area artists who volunteered to use their imagination to transform the white plaster castings into artworks.

It sounds strange, but the reason for the decorated plaster cast project is to increase awareness of breast cancer and to raise money to help those battling the disease.

While using decorated breast castings has been used to raise money for charity in Oklahoma and California, this is only the second year Cabral has spearheaded the project in Colorado.

“We began supporting the breast cancer awareness effort six years ago but decided we wanted to do more,” Cabral said. “A couple years ago, we did research and decided to do a fundraiser for Sense of Security. We chose that organization because we wanted to raise money for a local charity that helped victims of breast cancer in our area.”

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