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Pink Out Picnic Lunch to honor cancer survivors, fighters

By Staff | Oct 22, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED The eighth annual Pink Out Picnic Lunch will take place on Oct. 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Fire Station 171 on Palm Ridge Road.

It is estimated that 331,530 new cases of breast cancer – invasive and non-invasive combined – will be diagnosed in women in the United States this year, in addition to an estimated 2,670 of men, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

On Oct. 24, the eighth annual Pink Out Picnic Lunch will celebrate and honor cancer survivors, fighters and caregivers with food, raffles and fellowship, and the community is encouraged to stop by. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Fire Station 171, at 2351 Palm Ridge Road, Sanibel.

“I wanted to give back to the community and I wanted to be able to support the community that both works and lives on the islands,” event founder Mary Bondurant, who is a cancer survivor, said.

It also serves to raise awareness about early detection and how important it can be.

“Today, early detection really does save lives,” she said.

The event initially stemmed from then-Sanibel Fire Chief Dan Duncan asking about how to get Radiology Regional Center’s Mobile Mammo coach at the station and raising awareness for the cause. Bondurant explained that it kind of unfolded from there and the event had been held ever since.

“The picnic luncheon is a celebration,” Bondurant said. “We would love for the whole entire community to come out to this because everyone has been touched by cancer, whether through family members or friends.”

Lunch is free for cancer survivors, fighters and caregivers. Others are asked to provide a monetary donation, which will go to F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva, or canned goods for the food pantry. The funds raised will cover the cancer-related needs of those who are in need or are uninsured on the islands.

“All the proceeds go to F.I.S.H. for the community,” she said.

For example, some funding went to help a patient with breast cancer pay for the drugs she needed before surgery and some funds helped cover one patient’s transportation to the Moffitt Center.

Cip’s Place will provide lunch, with Bailey’s General Store donating refreshments.

“Cip’s has been, for the last eight years, sponsoring the picnic lunch,” Bondurant said. “Their chef will be making a special menu for the event.”

Picnic tables will be set up, with everything decorated in pink.

Unique centerpieces – firefighter boots – will be set up to collect the donations.

“That’s always a big hit,” she said.

The Kay Casperson LifeStyle Spa & Boutique donated gift bags for the attending survivors.

“She brings gifts for all of our survivors,” Bondurant said.

New this year, a wellness area has been added to the luncheon.

Balance For All acupuncturist Darlene Carswell will be on hand with the Avazzia microcurrent technology, along with Wendy Law of YOLLO Wellness. Bondurant noted that Law uses more holistic healing methods, such as nutrition. Central Florida Medical Thermography also will be present.

“They’re going to be there offering breast health discovery through thermography,” she said.

They will offer on-site breast scans or schedule appointments for the following day for a $150 fee. Bondurant noted that scholarships will be available for island residents and workers to cover the cost.

In addition, Radiology Regional Center will have its bus available for tours.

“We’re excited about this,” she said, explaining that the aim is to educate people about the breast examination process and the importance of the exams to make people more comfortable with them.

During the event, there will be several raffle items up for grabs.

“We have usually between 35 and 40 items donated,” Bondurant said.

There will be restaurant gift cards, T-shirts and hats from island retailers, jewelry and more.

“So a few nice, fun things,” she said.

The hope is to raise $10,000 to support the cause.

“That would be the highest we’ve made it to so far,” Bondurant said.

Residents and visitors are welcome to come out.

“Sanibel is such a beautiful community,” she said. “It’s support for all of those who have walked this journey and for those who may have to work this journey some day. It’s a celebration of life.”

Sponsorships and donated raffle items will be accepted until day of.

For more information, contact 239-839-3663 or PinkOutSanibel@gmail.com.

For more about the event, visit www.facebook.com/SanibelCaptivaIslandsFL.

On Oct. 26, Pink Out Sanibel & Captiva volunteers will be bagging groceries for tips from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bailey’s to help raise additional funds for F.I.S.H. and the cause. In addition, pink reusable grocery bags are available for a $5 donation each, sponsored by Sanibel Best Homemade Ice Cream.