Wednesday, May 3, 2023
AUBURN, Ind. – The Auburn Common Council showed its support for the mission of Pink Out DeKalb County on Tuesday night as they were decked out in this year’s Pink Out shirts.
At the beginning of Tuesday night’s Auburn Common Council meeting Mayor Mike Ley read and signed a proclamation declaring May as Pink Out DeKalb County month. After signing the proclamation council members and the mayor joined together for a picture in recognition of the month.
Joining the group for the picture was Senator Dr. Tyler Johnson, R-District 14, serving DeKalb County and portions of Allen County. Erik Weber, city attorney, Zach Lightner, council attorney and Melissa Eshbach, co-chair of Pink Out DeKalb County, was also a part of the picture.
Pink Out DeKalb County’s mission is to bring awareness to breast cancer in our community. One in every eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. The exact cause of the disease is still unknown, and at this time, there is no cure however, cancer found in early stages has a 98% cure rate.
The Center for Disease Control reports that only 65% of women over the age of 40 have received a breast cancer screening within the past two years. The county has a higher breast cancer incidence rate than the state of Indiana according to the most recent Indiana Cancer Consortium edition of the Indiana Cancer Facts and Figures.
Along with raising awareness Pink Out DeKalb County sets out to educate the community about early detection.
The Alpha Pi Chapter of Kappa Kappa Kappa, Inc. has partnered with Parkview DeKalb Health, Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography, and St. Martin’s Health, Fracine’s Friends Mobile Mammography, and St. Martin’s Health Clinic to increase cancer screenings in northeast Indiana for the purpose of reducing breast cancer deaths through early detection.