Etcetera - 10/26/11

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If you're on the McLoughlin High School campus in Milton-Freewater today you're likely to see such shades as amaranth, carnation, coral, rose, cerise, fuchsia, magenta, puce, and shocking, salmon and ultra pink. That's because students are showing support for breast cancer awareness during their annual Pink Day while festooned in the color.

Students have used the event as a way to raise awareness about breast cancer for many years during October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month across the nation, according to a release from Milton-Freewater Unified School District 7.

In addition to pink-hued clothing, some participants dye their hair and some paint their faces to show support. In addition, they raise money throughout the day through bake sales that benefit cancer patients.

The main event, open to the community, will be the Pink soccer game at 6:30 p.m. between Mac-Hi staff and alumni, with senior Mac-Hi soccer players refereeing the match at the school's football field on Catherine Street.

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Friends and family will gather in Richland to honor sacrifices made by workers who risked their lives serving their country by working on nuclear weapons and uranium during the Cold War era.

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution this month designating Oct. 30 a national day of remembrance, according to a release.

Along with communities across the country, people visiting the Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Drive, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday may sign squares for a quilt project to honor the sacrifices of uranium and nuclear weapons workers. The quilt is expected to tour the country next year.

The Washington event is organized by Cold War Patriots, a nonprofit organization advocating for nuclear weapons complex workers that launched the National Day of Remembrance campaign in 2009.

Cold War Patriots said on its website that since 1942, over 700,000 Americans have worked to maintain the nation's nuclear deterrent, many contracting illnesses from radiation or toxic exposures.

Through a forum online, CWP aims to aid fellow workers and their families to understand benefits available to them and teach them how to gain access to needed health care. They keep up with the most current legislation and news regarding related government programs.

For more details, contact Eric Jackson at 1-877-412-4517 or eric.jackson@coldwarpatriots.org

See www.coldwarpatriots.org

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or 526-8313.

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