The Empire Mall hosts events to raise breast cancer awareness
This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Many businesses and community members are coming together to raise awareness.
1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
This year it's estimated there will be 226,870 new cases of invasive breast cancer in women.
While breast cancer is rare in men it does happen and this year there will be more than 2,000 new cases of breast cancer in men.
These stats are according to the Susan G. Komen website.
So to raise awareness about this disease several events were going on at the mall Saturday.
More than 2 dozen snow plows were lined up at the Empire Mall in Sioux Falls.
All of the snow plows were painted by students from right here in our community.
It might be hard to think about snow when it's 70 degrees out but it was a great turn out for it. We talked with street and fleet manager Galynn Huber.
"These are the plows that we actually use around that school so when we do have snow and we are out there plowing they can look out the window and actually see the plows that they painted that going by. We have 27 of them here today that we have painted. We have Sioux Falls Public Schools, Sioux Falls Catholic and Lutheran Schools," Huber said.
The Brandon school district also took part as well it was the third year for the event.
On the inside of the Empire Mall you could see a whole lot of pink.
It was called Paint The Mall Pink.
Mall officials say it's their way to create awareness and show support for breast cancer especially to honor survivors, remember those who lost their lives and acknowledge family members and friends.
There also was a fashion show and vendors were on hand, including some doctors to talk about the importance of early detection.
Hair By Stewarts in the Empire Mall was also pink on Saturday.
They teamed up with the Regis Foundation for Breast Cancer Research for this event called "Clip For The Cure"
They donated 10% of their proceeds from every haircut to the foundation.
"As a group as the team we ended up decorating our salon and getting set up to be really pink. We have open donations for people to donate. While if they want to get pink products, meaning hair spray that's pink, all benefits goes toward this foundation," Jacquelyn Lindner said.
Regis hopes to raise 1 million dollars for the cause this year.