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“Nearly every resident in Prince George’s County has been impacted in some way by both breast cancer and domestic violence amongst their family members, friends, or in their workplace,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III.
Upper Marlboro, MD – During the month of October, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, along with the Prince George’s County government, is recognizing both Domestic Violence Awareness and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Throughout Prince George’s County, various events, fundraisers, and awareness campaigns have been launched to draw attention to both domestic violence and breast cancer and their life altering impact on our residents and their families. In honor of this month, the Prince George’s County Administration Building in Upper Marlboro has been lit “pink” and “purple” to reflect the County’s commitment to these causes.
“Nearly every resident in Prince George’s County has been impacted in some way by both breast cancer and domestic violence amongst their family members, friends, or in their workplace,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. “I am very proud that as a government we have taken on both of these serious issues and are committed to reducing the number of victims that are profoundly affected by domestic violence and breast cancer. I am especially proud to salute and encourage all survivors during this time of awareness. We need all County residents to join us in our advocacy efforts throughout and after the month of October.”
Domestic Violence Awareness Month:
As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, County Executive Baker recently announced the four inaugural recipients of the $250,000 Domestic Violence Community Assistance Grant Fund: Affiliated Santé Group, Community Advocates for Family and Youth (CAFY), the Family Crisis Center of Prince George’s County, Inc. and House of Ruth Maryland. Additionally, the Prince George’s County Department of Family Services recently convened Men’s Domestic Violence Momentum Conference last weekend and is encouraging all employees and residents to wear the color purple this Friday, October 6th in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
This past Monday evening both the Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD) and the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s office held evening events to highlight their vigilance and engagement on Domestic Violence. PGPD held its first “Shining the Spotlight on Domestic Violence” in partnership with the women and men of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 89, Prince George’s County Crime Solvers, and the Prince George’s County Police Foundation, by placing large spotlights in the parking lots of all of 7 district police stations and headquarters. The Sheriff’s Office held its fourth annual Purple Light Nights Lighting Ceremony, a community event bringing citizens together with professional service-provider partners who do the important work of serving victims and raising awareness about domestic violence.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month:
In honor of breast cancer awareness month, The Prince George’s County Health Department is working with and promoting Doctors Community Hospital’s free breast cancer screenings to low income or uninsured residents. Additionally, the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department is selling their “2017 Breast Cancer Awareness T-Shirts.” Ten dollars from each t-shirt sale goes to Doctors Community Hospital’s Breast Care Center.
On October 13th, October 20th, and October 27th, Prince George’s County will be conducting its annual “Pink Fridays” in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. All County employees and residents are encouraged to wear pink on these days to support the victims, survivors, and family members impacted by breast cancer. On Sunday, October 15th, the American Cancer Society and Making Strides of Central Maryland will be hosting the “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” Walk at Watkins Park in Upper Marlboro starting at 10:00 a.m. Alternatively, on that same day, Sunday, October 15th, the 4th Annual Rosemary Williams Breast Cancer Brunch will take place at Martins Crosswinds in Greenbelt starting at 11:00 a.m.
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