FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ- Somerset County Freeholder Patricia L. Walsh invites residents to come out for the “Shades of Pink” event held in conjunction with the 15th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness MonthnThursday, Oct.18, at 12:30 p.m., in the Franklin Township Community/Senior Center at 505 Demott Lane.

“The goal of Breast Cancer Awareness Month is to stress the importance of early detection through screenings, and to inform the public about the many resources and services available to residents of Somerset County,” Walsh said. 

Speakers will be presenting, and educational literature, well-woman exams and light refreshments will be available at the event. Residents who attend the event can show their support for breast cancer survivors and their families by wearing pink clothing, pink accessories or a pink ribbon – the international symbol for breast cancer awareness.

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In recognition of October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Walsh will present a proclamation. Zufall Health’s Chief Operating Officer Fran Palm will officiate the ceremony, and representatives from Franklin Township will be part of the day’s events.

In addition to the public ceremony, Zufall Health will have its Highlands Health Medical Mobile Unit on-site from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  for residents who are interested in well-woman exams that include clinical breast exams and referrals for mammograms. Individuals wishing to receive medical services on the Highlands Health Van must pre-register by calling Zufall Health at (908) 526-2335, ext. 283.

Zufall Health is an award-winning, not-for-profit, state-licensed community health center that has been providing high-quality, affordable medical and dental treatment to the working poor, uninsured, and underserved for over 28 years. Over 37,000 patients are served at its headquarters site in Dover as well as medical and/or dental offices in Morristown,   Hackettstown, Flemington, Somerville, West Orange, Newton, and on its Highlands Health Van and Zufall Health Delta Dental Mobile. For more information, visit zufallhealth.org.

The 2018 breast cancer awareness event is sponsored by Zufall Health, the New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection (NJCEED) program, the Somerset County Board of Freeholders, Somerset County Department of Health, the Township of Franklin, and the Regional Chronic Disease Coalition of Somerset and Morris Counties (RCDC) and its partners.