WATERBURY — Waterbury will celebrate a citywide Pink Out on Thursday, October 17, including a press conference at 11:30 a.m. in Veterans Memorial Hall in City Hall.

St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation has partnered with the City of Waterbury and the Waterbury Police and Fire Departments to raise awareness and funds for the Breast Screening Fund.

Mayor Neil O’Leary, representatives from the Waterbury Department of Public Schools, Waterbury Fire and Police Departments, and other municipal, school and business leaders will be on hand to raise awareness for Pink Out Day.

St. Mary’s Hospital President Dr. Steven Schneider, Foundation Chief Development Officer Carrie Fuller-McMahon and Mayor O’Leary will address the event.

In addition, Waterbury public, private and parochial schools have jumped on-board for this Pink Out initiative.

Several years ago, the WFD began recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month by designing, printing and selling pink T-shirts to support breast cancer causes.

This initiative has evolved into a citywide campaign of awareness and fundraising.

St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation funds breast-screening tests to hundreds of women annually in the Greater Waterbury area who otherwise may not have access to these procedures.

Screenings are available to patients through physicians or clinical referrals.

Last year, St. Mary’s Hospital opened its new Center for Breast Imaging.

The center was made possible because of the generous support of the hospital’s foundation, which contributed $800,000 to help purchase new equipment including a 3D mammography with tomography.

 More information is available at stmh.org.

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