Paint Gwinnett Pink raises money that goes directly toward breast cancer patients and treatment in Gwinnett County
Photo: Jay Janner
Photo: Jay Janner

‘Paint Gwinnett Pink’ at breast cancer 5K, fundraiser festival

You don’t have to be a good runner to have fun and raise money for breast cancer treatment and patients this weekend.

Gwinnett Medical Center is hosting its third annual Paint Gwinnett Pink fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 27.

The hospital system started the event in 2016 after realizing there were none like it specifically intended to support breast cancer patients, detection and diagnosis in the county, a press release says.

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The festivities will be held at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville and start at 8 a.m. with a 5K walk and run. Through the day, there will be a tailgate barbecue, a live DJ, helicopter tours, and a kids’ obstacle course. Local vendors will be on-site selling their wares and former professional football players will be signing autographs, according to the release.

The first event drew about 1,000 people, and 2017’s Paint Gwinnett Pink had 2,800 attendees. All proceeds will go toward improving access to diagnostic technology, offsetting costs for women who cannot afford screening services and providing “comfort items” to breast cancer patients during treatment, the release says.

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