Cedar Rapids Pink Lighting Event Set

People walk under the awning at Mercy Medical Center Thursday Sept. 30, 2010 after a lightning ceremony marking the arrival of national breast cancer awareness month. In order to raise awareness during October, Mercy is illuminating itself with pink lights for the entire month. (Becky Malewitz/ SourceMedia Group News)

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By Rachel Begle

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Mercy Medical Center and Alliant Energy are teaming up in Cedar Rapids next week to light as much of the city as possible in pink to observe the beginning of National Breast Cancer Awareness month.

At 7 p.m. Oct. 3 a power of pink event will be held at Mercy's Hall-Perrine Cancer Center featuring a lighting ceremony and free giveaways to promote breast cancer awareness and early detection.

Alliant Energy will give away energy-saving pink light bulbs to be displayed in residential porch lights for the month of October.

For each person attending a $2 donation will be made to a fund which provides mammograms, biopsies and ultrasounds for those who cannot afford them.

The cancer center, Mercy hospital entrances and other areas will be lit in pink throughout October.

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