Going, going pink.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Coney Island Parachute Jump went pink on Tuesday, October 25 at an extra special lighting hosted as part of the Light it Pink Project by a local politician who also happens to be a breast cancer survivor.
“I’ll continue to support breast cancer patients and survivors, as well as raise awareness so fewer women have to go through what I experienced after my diagnosis. It was an extremely trying time for me and my family, and I am so grateful for the support I had,” said Assemblymember Pamela Harris who, this year, passed a new law expanding access to lifesaving breast cancer screenings by eliminating co-pays and extending hours at hospitals and clinics.
According to the National Cancer Institute, 12.4 percent of women born in the United States today will develop breast cancer at some time during their lifetime.
Harris — whose district encompasses parts of both Bay Ridge and Coney Island — is one of those women, making this lighting especially meaningful to her and her team.
“Each year during October we honor all those who have fought breast cancer with grit, poise and determination. As we watch the Parachute Jump light up all in pink, we think of all those who have battled and all those who will battle this disease,” she said. “We will fight on through research and support and remain forever hopeful for a cure.”
“Susan G. Komen Greater NYC salutes [Assemblymember] Harris’ purposeful actions in increasing lifesaving access in New York State to breast cancer screenings and for raising awareness of the devastating impact a breast cancer diagnosis has on a woman and her family,” said Linda Tantawi, CEO of Susan G. Komen Greater NYC. “Light it Pink is a wonderful way to engage the Brooklyn community in the fight against breast cancer and to remind women of the importance of being advocates for their own health by getting screened.”
The event took place at the Boardwalk and West 19th Street at 6:30 p.m., and the Jump was lit at 7 p.m.