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The Bismarck Cancer Center and downtown Bismarck businesses are raising awareness of cancer and survivorship from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 13 and finishing with a pink party at 402 E. Main Ave.

Paint the Town Pink, in its seventh year, is a communitywide initiative spanning more than 30 businesses, which will have pink signs on their doors. 

“Paint the Town Pink is a great way to support downtown businesses as they give back to the community,” said Dana Hager, Bismarck Cancer Center’s education coordinator. 

There will be paint cans placed throughout the downtown where shoppers can make a donation to the Bismarck Cancer Center. Proceeds will help pay for patient housing, gas cards, massage therapy, spiritual and emotional care, and nurses. 

“It seems that everyone is touched by cancer and this is one way the business owners in downtown Bismarck can make a difference in the community,” said Susan Schwieters, owner of Lillians and coordinator of the event.  

The pink party, slated for 5 to 8 p.m., will include live music, appetizers, a silent auction and a cancer survivorship celebration. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Lillians, the Bismarck Cancer Center or online at www.bismarckcancercenterfoundation.com for $10.

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