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      Quincy community paints the town pink

      Almost 300 people gathered at Washington Park for the annual Pink Pass It On in the District 5K Walk.

      Almost 300 people gathered at Washington Park for the annual Pink Pass It On in the District 5K Walk.

      This was the 7th year for the breast cancer awareness event.

      It was sponsored by the Historic Quincy Business District businesses.

      This year's speaker was Jill Hooper, a breast cancer survivor.

      "The mammogram saved my life," Hooper said. "I felt nothing, I had no lumps, I felt the same that I always did. I had a very small area that was sitting very far back in my breast and I would never have felt it, no one would have ever felt it. The mammogram is the only thing that found it."

      All the money raised from the walk goes to the Blessing Breast Center Financial Assistance Program.

      The program helps women with no insurance or high-deductible insurance pay the cost of their breast health-care needs.

      "Not only will we take care of that patient with the breast issue through this fund but we will also make sure they're good and helped through out their whole well being," Ann Awerkamp Dickson from the Blessing Foundation said.

      Since the Financial Assistance Program was established in 2008, over $255,000 in breast imaging has been provided to more than 271 women in need.