Join us to fight breast cancer

Breast cancer disrupts lives, takes women – and some men — from their children and families. It kills, maims and causes worry and fear for thousands of people.

It is hardly alone among devastating diseases, all of which are worth time, effort and energy to combat.

But October is national breast cancer awareness month, and the Springfield News-Sun is going to be working hard to help raise awareness about the impact of the disease locally and the resources available for people who are affected.

And there will be a way for readers and online viewers to help mark the month as well.

Beginning next Sunday and continuing each Sunday of the month, there will be stories in the paper and online at about prevention, research and local residents who have battled breast cancer.

Then, on Saturday, Oct. 17, the paper will join others in the Cox Ohio Publishing family and print a portion of that day’s edition on pink newsprint. Pink is the color that is used to signify unity in the fight against breast cancer, and printing on pink paper is a small but – we hope – noticeable way to make readers and our community think about what they can do to help fight this disease.

One way people can help us mark this important effort is this: Any News-Sun reader who has had a loved one die of breast cancer can submit a photo that will be considered for inclusion in a special presentation in the Oct. 25 edition and will run online at

Deadline to submit photos is Thursday, Oct. 15, at 5 p.m. Photos can be e-mailed, mailed or dropped off, all to the attention of Jennifer Tuttle at or 202 N. Limestone St., Springfield, OH 45503.

Include a contact name and phone number for the person submitting the photo, and include in the e-mail subject line or on the envelope the words “Fight Against Breast Cancer.”