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Colonial Cup honors women of racing, promotes women’s health

Posted: November 23, 2015 5:26 p.m.
Updated: November 24, 2015 1:00 a.m.

Saturday marked the 46th year of the Marion DuPont Scott Colonial Cup. Cup attendees enjoyed crisp fall weather and infield activities such as the popular Terrier races, Military Salute and petting zoo. A new addition to this year’s Colonial Cup was its designation as “Ladies Day at the Races.” Chief Executive Officer of the Carolina Cup Racing Association Nick Ellis said this year’s theme was to honor the contributions women have made specifically to the Colonial Cup. The Colonial Cup was established by Camden resident Marion DuPont Scott, whom the Cup is named after. Ellis said Scott’s contributions made the Cup the event it is today. In addition recognizing the contribution of women, Ellis also wanted to highlight women’s health and collaborated with the nonprofit Bright Pink to do so. Bright Pink focuses on educating women, especially younger women, on preventative measures for ovarian and breast cancer. Bright Pink distributed information to Cup attendees and accepted donations for the organization. 

“We are on a mission to save women’s lives from breast and ovarian cancer by empowering them to live proactively at a young age. We have ambassadors throughout the country and we present workshops to teach women about their breast and ovarian health,” Bright Pink representative Michele Garland said.

Garland also said women can visit www.brightpink.org to learn more about the organization.

“We have a couple of really cool things online. There is a quiz called access your risk.org. You can … answer a few questions about your family history and your lifestyle and it categorizes you into your risk for ovarian cancer. It will give you a few suggestions of ways to reduce your risk and you can print it and take it to your doctor at your annual exam so you can come up with a plan to be proactive bout your health,” Garland said.

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