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Hundreds attend 18th annual Pink Ribbon luncheon

Close to 600 people attended the 18th annual Pink Ribbon luncheon (Source: WECT) Close to 600 people attended the 18th annual Pink Ribbon luncheon (Source: WECT)
St. Stephen AME Choir performed at the Pink Ribbon luncheon St. Stephen AME Choir performed at the Pink Ribbon luncheon
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

Close to 600 people attended the 18th annual Pink Ribbon luncheon Thursday at the Wilmington Convention Center.

The event is a fundraiser for New Hanover Regional Medical Center's Pink Ribbon Project. The funds pay for mammograms for women without insurance, and provides comfort bags for women and men undergoing cancer treatment.

Since its inception, the Pink Ribbon Project has paid for over 7,000 mammograms. Over 1,000 women were provided free mammograms last year alone.

"That's almost four mammograms a day," says Jack Barto, President and CEO of New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

The St. Stephen AME Choir performed during the luncheon.

Pink Ribbon chair, Christian Miller, who is a breast cancer survivor, says she wanted to invite the African American gospel group to the luncheon with a message that breast cancer affects us all.

"Its not a need for people who look like I do only," Miller said. "It's a need for people of all walks of life, all shapes, sizes, races and genders."

Over 300 people attended a cocktail party Thursday night at the Wilmington Hilton Riverside.

Many events are scheduled during the month of October to benefit the Pink Ribbon Project, including Run for the Ta-Ta's and Play for Pink at Magnolia Greens.

For more information on how to sign up for a free mammogram, click here.

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