October 25, 2012

Hill Street Festival to benefit women undergoing cancer treatments

Stop by and "Chalk the Block"

By Magen McCrarey
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — To promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Hill Street businesses in downtown London are asking the community to become a part of the cure on Saturday, Oct. 27 during “Chalk The Block.”  

Paperdolls, Carousel Florist, Hill Street Loft and Once Upon a Time are sponsoring the family fun event from 12 to 5 p.m. for breast cancer awareness.  Meanwhile, Wildcat-Harley Davidson’s Lady Hogs will be sponsoring a motorcycle ride in conjunction with the event.  The ride will begin at Wildcat Harley-Davidson on the Hal Rogers Parkway and will end on Hill Street at 2 p.m.  Monies raised during both events will benefit Look Good Feel Better (LGFB) and provide gas cards for transportation for women undergoing cancer treatment

DJ Brad Jones of Oasis Entertainment will be rocking the block during the breast cancer awareness event while local artists are encouraged to draw their best designs on downtown London sidewalks.  All artists are welcome and will be competing to win high-dollar gift certificates that can be spent at any of the four sponsoring Hill Street shops.  The first place artist will receive a $300 gift certificate.

The public is asked to donate $1 for each vote for the best chalk design.  Artists are expected to bring their own supply of chalk and are allowed as much sidewalk space as they’d like to mark up.

“Any subject matter, and no particular size.  If we need to, we will chalk this entire town,” said Judy Mays-House of Paperdolls.

A children’s pumpkin painting contest will also take place at the event. Paint will be provided, and pumpkins will be available for purchase for $10 each.  In addition to the contests, a silent auction will commence to further raise funds for local women with breast cancer.

House is a breast cancer survivor of 13 years, and she hopes this fundraiser will not only help locals receive gas money while undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments, but also raise awareness to others that breast cancer is in fact a reality that is affecting our community.  

“Hardly anyone escapes being affected by it in some way,” she said.

LGFB’s nationwide mission is dedicated to improving the self-esteem and quality of life of people undergoing cancer treatment.  

“Hundreds of thousands of women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, many of whom will not only face the physical effects of the disease itself, but also the psychological toll of treatment and recovery,” said Louanne Roark, executive director of the Personal Care Products Council Foundation and LGFB.  

House caught her cancer early and received timely treatment.  She said that meant everything -- which is why cancer awareness is so significant.

“Just come and have fun, enjoy the art and music,” House said.

All donations and purchases made during the Chalk the Block event will directly benefit Look Good Feel Better and local women fighting breast cancer.