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UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Turn the Town Pink is coming to Polk Place on the night of Wednesday, Oct. 10.

UNC Lineberger invites the campus community and all students to Pink Out Polk Place to help turn UNC’s most famous landmarks pink for one night only. A special lighting ceremony at the Old Well at 7 p.m. will be followed by a colorful fun run/walk to the pink-lit Bell Tower and back for cancer awareness. WRAL Anchor Debra Morgan will be on hand to help UNC Lineberger light up the night.

Participants should wear old clothes and bring cameras. Volunteers will pelt the first 100 participants with pink and Carolina Blue powder (100 percent natural, safe and washable) as they run through Polk Place.

The event, which has never been held before and may not be held again, is aimed to raise awareness of the world-class cancer support programs available at UNC.

Turn the Town Pink events benefit the UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program (CCSP). The CCSP is dedicated to helping patients and their caregivers with cancer treatment, recovery and survivorship.

The CCSP includes programs that provide much-needed patient educational materials, cancer support groups, individual and family counseling, massage therapy, nutritional counseling, symptom management and beautiful wigs, hats and scarves to warm both the head and the heart. In addition, the CCSP provides valuable assistance for economically stressed patients.

Published October 8, 2012.