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A symbolic 'Light Up The Night' bridge lighting took place at the Royal Park Bridge in West Palm Beach on January 10, 2014. It continues to glow pink for the month of January.
A symbolic 'Light Up The Night' bridge lighting took place at the Royal Park Bridge in West Palm Beach on January 10, 2014. It continues to glow pink for the month of January.
Jason Davis /WPTV and Susan G. Komen website

Each of us has, in some way, been affected by the deadly disease known as breast cancer. The battle is constant but the victory can be ever so sweet.

As we are coming up on the 2014 Annual Susan G. Komen 'Race For The Cure' which takes place next Saturday, January 25, 2014, down at the waterfront on Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach, Florida, hopes are high that this year will be more successful than all years past.

There have been a number of exhilarating activities leading up to the big day. In the month of January, the 10th marked a turning point in the mission of building a higher level of awareness, as crowds came out to witness the Perfect Pink Bridge Lighting of the Royal Park Bridge connecting West Palm Beach to Palm Beach. It was symbolic of the active role that the Susan G. Komen Organization plays as a bridge to connect research and treatment for women and families in need. As the darkness of the evening closed in on the city, the bridge lit up in a powerful pink hue. Local dignitaries were on hand to make it official. Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, founder and CEO of the Susan G. Komen Organization, Palm Beach Mayor Gail Coniglio and West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio, highlighted just how special this event was. “Tonight, we light this bridge to celebrate 30 years of working together to change the world, even as we steel ourselves for the long fight that lies ahead,” Brinker said. “We light this bridge because together, we are committed to leaving a legacy of a world without breast cancer, one of the brightest lights the world will ever see.” The bridge will continue to glow brightly each night throughout the month of January.

Following the bridge lighting was a huge black-tie gala at Mar-A-Lago with the theme 'Venetian Splendor'. It was a Perfect Pink Party that helped to raise awareness and funds in sophisticated style set in a magnificent setting. In the course of that one evening, over $1.4 million was raised to support the cause and steer the direction towards a final cure.

Now, as we wind down to the big day, the annual 'Warriors In Pink' have been named for 2014. These eight women will help to kick off one of the most momentous days of the year in West Palm Beach. These brave women were chosen for their untouchable spirit and their strong courage as breast cancer survivors. Each has her own unique story to inspire all of us and THEY are the reason that so much positive progress is being made to find a cure. The 2014 'Warriors In Pink' are Nancy Brinker, Anne Turner, Grace Turner, Cindy Nye, Heather Latch, Marion Pollock, Debbie Hollister and Joyce Flax.

It isn't too late to sign up for 'Race For The Cure', a fun event that brings people together with a common goal. It all takes place on Saturday morning, January 25, 2014, in downtown West Palm Beach.

Go to http://southflorida.info-komen.org to sign up and make a donation in memory of someone that has touched your life. Remember that we can all make a huge impact. "Imagine Life Without Breast Cancer."