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Pink on Parade 2021 | Jessica's Breast Cancer Journey

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AdventHealth’s virtual Pink on Parade 5K is back this October 10! AdventHealth Foundations across Central Florida and through North Carolina invite you to join us to raise awareness of breast cancer and the importance of early detection for the second-most common form of cancer in American women.

During a virtual race you can walk or run anywhere, anytime in your pinkest attire. Challenge your friends to participate with #PinkOnParade on social media. You will receive a digital race packet with a training guide to make sure you are all set for your big day. Registrations even include a race medal, t-shirt and a personalized bib mailed directly to you! To register for Pink on Parade as a virtual attendee, team, or sponsor, please visit PinkOnParade.com.

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Breast cancer patients like Jessica associate the feeling of crossing the finishing line at Pink on Parade 5K with ringing the bell — proclaiming they are cancer-free. In January 2016, Jessica Bickel was diagnosed with breast cancer. Jessica attributes her first cancer healing miracle to the staff at AdventHealth. Not long after her surgery, Jessica’s boss and long-time friend, David Koepsell of Chick-Fil-A got involved with an upcoming Pink on Parade 5K race in honor of Jessica and her journey.

Jessica shared, “Eight years ago, when I was diagnosed with cancer, I was introduced to Pink on Parade. My operator convinced me to participate by walking as a survivor. A month after my surgery I was at the race and all my cheerleaders from my family, my coworkers, and my healthcare team were there. They had been my strength throughout everything so far and I finished the race!”

Jessica’s perseverance and other survivor stories are exactly what AdventHealth and supporters of the event celebrate each year. It is always incredible to watch the community come together for both women and men who have been impacted by breast cancer.

“Pink On Parade is just an amazing event for women all over... even if you run virtually, this is an opportunity to celebrate the life that has been restored and preserved for the loved one that you have that could have been lost. Don’t miss out on loving that person.” - Jessica Bickel

Watch Jessica’s full story here.

Together you can raise awareness, celebrate our survivors like Jessica. Fundraising efforts include, but are not limited to, early detection screenings, research, wellness and lifestyle resources, and survivorship education programs to support those impacted by breast cancer. Register today to help advance life changing cancer care in your own backyard!

If a 5K isn’t your thing, there is still a lot happening this October - incredible things happen when you GO PINK! We have local events, personal fundraisers, our Pink On Parade shop, and more. Go to PinkOut.com/GetInvolved to learn more about how you can make an impact throughout the rest of October.


Virtual Pink on Parade 5K
October 10, 2021
Register Today!

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