Bryan Health Partners with Norris FFA to Grow Pink Pumpkins for Breast Cancer Awareness
Bryan Health is partnering with Norris FFA to grow pink pumpkins and raise awareness and prevention for breast cancer during October.
This summer, several Norris FFA students volunteered to participate in the fundraiser. They planted pink pumpkin seeds at school, personal gardens and family farms. Students were responsible for watering, fertilizing and harvesting the pumpkins. After several months, their seeds are fully-grown and the pink pumpkins are ready to share with the community.
“I participated in the pink pumpkin project because I have lost family to cancer,” said Meghan Essink, a member of the Norris FFA. “I loved how this project combined agriculture with the fight against breast cancer. I grew my pink pumpkins in my garden on my family’s farm. I’m excited to share them with the community and raise money for an important cause.”
The pink pumpkins will be available for a freewill donation at the Old Cheney Farmers’ Market on Sunday, Oct. 8, from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Bryan Health executive chef Nazim Kahn will be on hand to share delicious pumpkin-inspired samples and recipes. Nurses also will share tips on how healthy eating can reduce the risk of cancer. Proceeds will benefit the Bryan Foundation for cancer patient support, the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation for breast cancer research and Norris FFA.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This nationwide effort shows support to survivors and raises awareness for research and early detection. Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women. One out of every eight females are diagnosed in the United States every year. In Nebraska, over 1,200 women are diagnosed annually.
Bryan Health offers advanced detection, treatment plans, specialized nurse navigators and breast cancer support groups to guide patients through their journey.