Shades of Pink host 7th annual fundraising zoo walk

(WXYZ) -  A breast cancer diagnosis can pose numerous challenges for a person to overcome, including financial.

The Shades of Pink Foundation, located in Birmingham, will hold its 7 th Annual Shades of Pink: A Walk at the Zoo on Sat. April 27. The Walk at the Zoo is the organization's major fundraiser, raising money to provide temporary financial assistance to women who are experiencing financial distress at the time of a breast cancer diagnosis.

The walk will take place at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak. Registration and the Big Top Tent (which includes team and sponsor recognition, shopping and face painting) will open at 7:30 a.m. and includes pre-walk networking, access to vendors and breakfast snacks. The opening ceremony will begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by the walk at 9 a.m.

Registration fee includes a day at the zoo, a commemorative t-shirt and breakfast snacks. Adults (18 and up) are $35, children (6-17) are $25 and children (5 and under) are free.

Walkers can register individually or in teams and can ask friends and family to sponsor them as well. They will have the option to choose from a mapped one, three or six-mile route.

The Shades of Pink Foundation, a 501c3 public charity, was founded in 2005 by Suzanne Krueger and Dr. Pamela R. Benitez, a breast surgeon at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak and Vice President and Medical Director of the Foundation.  Since its inception, the Shades of Pink Foundation has assisted hundreds of women and their families by helping to ease the financial difficulties they face after a breast cancer diagnosis. The foundation is run entirely by volunteers and helps women living in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

"Whether it's helping with a mortgage payment, the grocery bills, transportation or a COBRA payment, Shades of Pink Foundation is committed to easing the financial burden of a breast cancer diagnosis and has never turned down a woman with a reasonable request," said Benitez.

For more information or to register for the walk and to make online donations, visit www.shadesofpinkfoundation.org or e-mail shadesofpinkwalk@comcast.net .

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