Trenton, NJ – First Lady Mary Pat Christie announced today that Drumwacket, the Governor’s Official Residence in Princeton, will Go Pink on Saturday, October 15 for the weekend in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast Cancer is the second most frequently diagnosed cancer among women in the United States, after skin cancer. Mrs. Christie has previously honored two non-profit organizations, Breast Intentions and Curémonos, as New Jersey Heroes for their work in making a positive difference in the lives of breast cancer patients and survivors in their local communities.
"During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it’s so important that we take time to empower our mothers, daughters, friends and co-workers about their breast health through early detection and the importance of mammograms," said First Lady Mary Pat Christie. "It's also an opportunity for us to honor the strength and courage of breast cancer patients, survivors and their families and also to bring hope and offer emotional support at this critical point in their lives.”
According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 246,660 women in the United States will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer along with 61,000 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast vancer in 2016. Of that number, an estimated 40,450 will lose their fight against the disease. It is estimated that by the end of 2016, 7,100 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among women in the Garden State. Currently, there are 2.8 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States.