October events raise women's health awareness

Hannah Grover

AZTEC — Several local organizations are raising awareness this month about women's health issues for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Frances Maness has her hair colored pink by Downtown Salon & Spa owner Paula Cook Thursday in Farmington. The salon will color hair pink during a fundraising event later this month for women's health issues.

One of the first events planned is a breast cancer awareness walk near Sheep Springs. Eugenia Dixon, who works at the Tooh Haltsooi Chapter House in Sheep Springs, said the event will take place on Sunday. The walk will start at 8 a.m. between mile posts 52 and 53 on N.M. Highway 491 about 5 miles north of the chapter house. Dixon said registration starts at 7:30 a.m. She recommended arriving early to receive a T-shirt.The event is free, and lunch will be served after the walk.

The San Juan Medical Foundation also is staging a campaign to raise awareness. In the past, the campaign has been known as Get Pinked, but this year, the foundation changed its name to October Staying Pink for Women's Health.

“We are trying to broaden the scope,” said Brenda Shepherd, the executive director of the San Juan Medical Foundation, which organizes the campaign.

She said the foundation wanted to expand the campaign to include other health issues women face.

The campaign includes various fundraisers. The Farmington Fire Department is selling T-shirts for $20 and beanies for $15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays at Fire Station 1, 301 N. Auburn Ave. Kathy's Discount Party Store, 3836 E. Main St., also has a variety of breast cancer awareness merchandise for sale this month.

Next week's events include the sixth annual Powder Puff game at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bloomfield High School, 520 N. 1st St.; donation classes on Oct. 15 at Defined Fitness, 1700 E. 20th St. in Farmington; a color fun run at 8 a.m. Oct. 15 at San Juan College, 4601 College Blvd.; and a two-day barrel racing competition on Oct. 15-16 at McGee Park, 41 County Road 5568.

Farmington Fire Department Administrative Assistant Shelley Lare shows off a Farmington Fire Department shirt Thursday on sale at Fire Station 1. The shirts are being sold as part of the October Staying Pink for Women's Health campaign.

Later in the month, two events at No Worries Sports Bar and Grill, 1298 W. Navajo St., will raise money and awareness. The first event is the Candles for a Cause Painting Party on Oct. 26. Karen Ellsbury, the owner of Studio 116, will lead the painting party. Tickets are $40, and people should register in advance. For more information about the painting party, call Dorothy Nobis at Bloomfield City Hall at 505-632-6300. Two days later, the Downtown Salon and Spa will have a Pink for Pints event. The salon will color hair pink during the event, and there will be specialty drinks. Amber Pearson, a stylist at the Downtown Salon and Spa, said each person who attends will receive a pint glass that lights up pink. There is a $15 entry fee. Pink for Pints starts at 7 p.m. Oct. 28.

Another fundraiser is the second annual Ribbons to Recovery. Nobis, who is one of the organizers, said the fundraiser generated about $1,000 last year, and she hopes it raises more this year. Donors purchase pink ribbon at $1 a foot. At 4:30 p.m. Oct. 27, donors will stretch the ribbon from the intersections of U.S. Highway 550 and U.S. Highway 64 over the hill south of Bloomfield. For information about purchasing ribbons, call 505-632-6300.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month items are on sale at Kathy's Discount Party Store in Farmington as part of the October Staying Pink for Women's Health campaign.

To sign up for emails about the events, call the San Juan Medical Foundation at 505-609-6813.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.