Painting the town pink

Pink Ribbon Girls 5k attracts hundreds

By Cody Willoughby -

TROY — The downtown district came together in a united front to support breast cancer awareness on Friday, as Troy hosted the Pink Ribbon Girls’ Paint the Town Pink 5k event for a second year.

In addition to the 5k, the event featured family-friendly activities, food trucks, live music from local band Sister Sarah, a beer garden, and more.

Pink Ribbon Girl’s Troy 5k comes in addition to a similar 5k event held in Brookville on Sept. 29, which managed to raise $40,000 for the organization’s cause.

“It’s great just to have everyone’s support,” said Pink Ribbon girls CEO Heather Salazar. “Everyone has come on board as a community, and they know that we’re serving people in the community. It’s just amazing, and we couldn’t do it without all our donors and supporters.”

Over 650 Miami County residents pre-registered for the 5k, and Salazar hopes that future occurrences of the event will continue to grow.

“We intend to expand our advertising efforts in years to come,” Salazar confirmed.

Pink Ribbon Girls has served approximately 72,000 meals and 3,000 rides to treatment in 2018 throughout the Dayton, Cincinnati, and Columbus areas.

“All of the money raised in each city stays in each city,” Salazar confirmed. “All the money raised will stay right in Miami County.”

Pink Ribbon Girls is an organization founded by breast cancer survivors with a passion to support and empower others in their fight against breast and gynecological cancers.

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Pink Ribbon Girls 5k attracts hundreds

By Cody Willoughby