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Locals join the ‘Pink Army’

PC Seniors have joined the “Pink Army” in the fight against breast cancer and have scheduled two events to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen 3-D Walk for the Cure.
“Girls’ Night Out,” hosted by Mary Jane Happel-Meadows, PC Site Manager, and Jennifer Waldron of Gerner-Wolf Walker Funeral Homes, will be 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at the PC Senior Center, 320 E. Third St. Enjoy girl talk, pizza, snacks, games and the movie “The Help” for a $2 donation. Not only are the pizza and snacks courtesy of Gerner-Wolf Walker but G-W-W will match the donations received at Girls’ Night. Call Mary Jane at 419-734-1481 or Juanita at 419-341-1080 to reserve your spot; seating is limited.


“Cupcakes for the Cure” is the main event in the two-part “pink army” project. The “Cupcakes for the Cure” Competition and Cupcake Auction will kick off with a pink balloon release at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 108 Perry St. The contest will determine who makes the best cupcakes in Port Clinton while raising funds for the fight. The contest is open to the public and includes a Junior Division for ages 6-12. Contestants are asked to deliver 2 1/2 dozen standard-size cupcakes (six for judging and 24 for auctioning) to the K. of C. Hall by 9:30 a.m. on the day of the competition. Contestants may represent themselves, a business or a group. The cupcakes will be judged on: cupcake taste, frosting taste, presentation and uniqueness. Hot dogs, chips, and pop will be available for a small donation and Pinky the Clown will be on hand for the kids. Although there is no entry fee, pre-registration by May 2 is requested to allow for set up. Anyone wishing to make a cash donation or donate a raffle prize in honor or in memory of a “pink warrior” or for information, call Juanita Mills-Persely at 419-341-1080.
“Cupcakes for the Cure” is in response to a request to Port Clinton Seniors from Celinda Mills Gerhardstein (PCHS 1988) for assistance in raising funds ($2,300 each) to participate in the Susan G. Komen 3-D Walk in Washington, D.C.
Celinda’s aunt lost her battle to cancer in 1973 leaving her husband to raise five small children. Celinda’s teammate, Carol Carter, was only 14 when she lost her mother. Jennifer Waldron’s (G-W-W) mother and three aunts have also fought breast cancer. In 1998 Juanita Mills-Persely was found to be pre-cancerous and underwent a bi-lateral mastectomy. For Celinda, Carol, Jennifer and Juanita, this is a personal grudge as it is for many people out there with similar stories. Through the Susan G. Komen Foundation, much progress has been made in the battle against breast cancer. Maybe someday the Pink Army will make it go away completely.  

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