Pink Ribbon Festival Energizes Port Canaveral, Thousands Support Breast Cancer Awareness
By Space Coast Daily // October 4, 2015
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SPACE COAST DAILY PRESENTS THE PINK RIBBON FESTIVAL
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BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA — Port Canaveral was a sea of pink on Saturday as people from all walks of life joined together to fight cancer during the 2015 Pink Ribbon Walk and 5K.
“Space Coast Daily recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month by producing the 2015 Pink Ribbon Walk at Port Canaveral – and also adding a touch of pink to SpaceCoastDaily.com,” said Space Coast Daily Editor-In-Chief Dr. Jim Palermo.
“While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. We have made a lot of progress but still have a long way to go and need your help during the Pink Ribbon Walk to bring a wider awareness.”
In addition to the Pink Ribbon Walk, the popular festival for charity for 2015 included an Active Living Health Fair, Food and Marketplace; Butterfly Release; Beer and Wine Garden; Live Bands; Space Coast Art Festival “Hands On Crafts” Interactive Exhibit; Kids Fun Zone; Ninja Style Challenge Course for all ages, Fireball Run Cars Display; Bed & Bathtub Races; and Shrimp Peeling Contest.
The day’s activities concluded as The Cove restaurants continue the party with special offers.
“This was a unique, family-oriented event benefiting Space Coast Cancer Foundation, and thousands of people are expected to participate,” said Mike Schwarz, general manager and owner of Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill.
“Everyone enjoyed the day full of family fun, shopping the local vendors, enjoying food from a variety of food trucks, participating in the exciting Bed and Bathtub Race and trying thier skills at the Shrimp Peeling Contest – all while the kids were having fun in the Kids Zone.”
A new addition to this year’s event was the 5K run organized by the Running Zone, and the Pink Ribbon Challenge Course, an obstacle-style course allowing cancer survivors an opportunity to compete.
“The Running Zone is proud to become a partner with the Port Canaveral Cove Merchants Association and Space Coast Daily to add a 5K run to the annual Pink Ribbon Walk,” said Denise Piercy of the Running Zone.
“The Pink Ribbon event is a wonderful benefit for our community.”
Since it’s inception in 1997, the Port Canaveral’s Cove Merchants Association (CMA) has been promoting, organizing and producing community events at Port Canaveral to benefit Brevard County.
“Our Cove Merchants Association organizes this event every year as we all feel that the Space Coast Cancer Center Foundation does such amazing work for people fighting this terrible disease,” said Schwarz.
Also new this year is the fun and educational Port Canaveral Pink Ribbon Active Living Health Fair in which health-related businesses will exhibit their goods and services.
“Our port is the people’s port, and the incredible turnout that our community always produces for this festival is an indication of how much they love Port Canaveral,” said Mac McLouth, Cove Merchant’s Association board member and former Port Canaveral Commissioner.
“We are very excited for the future of Port Canaveral and for our association to continue to sponsor and produce the events that benefit the community like our Pink Ribbon Walk and Run.”
The health fair was presented by Space Coast Medicine and Active Living Magazine and Space Coast Daily.
“The Cove Merchant’s Association Pink Ribbon Festival was fun for the whole family, and it’s amazing to see the display of love and passion our community has in support of the Space Coast Cancer Center Foundation,” said Rhoda Solano Brennan, CMA board member and owner of Milliken’s Reef Restaurant.