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The Adventist Health Central Valley Network will hold its Paint Downtown Pink event this week to raise breast cancer awareness.

The annual event, in partnership with Main Street Hanford, will take place during Thursday Night Market Place this week. Vendors will decorate their booths in pink, with the top three booths winning various prizes. Attendees are also encouraged to wear pink during the event.

To promote physical activity, contest participants can also sign up at the Adventist Health booth to receive a pink pedometer. They then must walk 2,500 steps around the Market Place to support breast cancer awareness.

After completion, participants will receive a gift and will be entered into a drawing for several larger prizes. No details were provided on what the prizes will consist of.

The Adventist Health booth will have a Facebook photo booth where participants can take photos using pink props including silly hats and glasses.

Images from the photo booth will be posted on the Adventist Health Central Valley Network Facebook page the following day.

Last year, more than 700 people participated in the event, which was held in October to coincide with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Adventist Health said it hopes to do just as well this year.

“It was nice to see so many people show support for breast cancer awareness,” said Laurie Schirling, breast care manager for Adventist’s Breast Care Center, in a statement. “We had breast cancer survivors at our booth who shared their stories, but we also heard personal stories from community members that were really touching.”

The Thursday Night Market Place runs from 5-9 p.m. Paint Downtown Pink will start at 5:30 p.m. at the Adventist Health booth.

For more information on the event, call the Breast Cancer Center at 537-2300 or visit the center at 125 Mall Drive. The center is located on the second floor of the Hanford Medical Pavilion.

The reporter can be reached at 583-2429 or You can also follow him on Twitter at @JosephL_HS.

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