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Thornton Township sponsors two pink events in District 215

information provided by Thornton Township

LANSING and CALUMET CITY, Ill. (September 26, 2018) – Among United States women last year, there were an estimated 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. In order to get the message out about early detection, Thornton Township is working with District 215 to co-sponsor two “Get Your Pink On” Breast Cancer Awareness football events.

There will be tables at the Friday, October 5, TF South game in Lansing (18500 Burnham Avenue) and Friday, October 12, TF North game in Calumet City (755 Pulaski Road). These are the final home games for both teams, and with that backdrop Thornton Township will feature two tables with pink giveaways for the crowd. There will also be an opportunity for those who attend to take photos with uplifting breast cancer awareness signs to post on their social media accounts.

“We understand how important an issue this is—not only in October but all year round,” said Frank M. Zuccarelli, Thornton Township Supervisor.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About 1 in 8, or 12%, of women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.

“We want people to get these regular screenings and make sure they are healthy overall. We don’t want you to just wait for something to happen before you check your health,” said Thornton Township Communications Director Ernst Lamothe Jr., who is coordinating both programs. “It’s very important to educate people about breast cancer awareness because it is a disease taking loved ones away and causing people to suffer.” 

Zuccarelli believes the key to sustaining good health is preventative programs because early detection saves lives. In an effort to keep the community healthy overall, Thornton Township offers blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose screenings as well as light-to-moderate aerobic workouts by a certified instructor every weekday for its seniors.

To find out more, visit www.ThorntonTownship.com.


Ernst Lamothe Jr.
Ernst Lamothe Jr.
Ernst Lamothe currently serves as Communications Manager for Thornton Township and brings two decades of journalism experience to that role. "I believe it is important to educate and inform people about their world," he says.