LAFAYETTE – Visitors to Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC) are being greeted with a new color scheme outside the hospital… Pink, for Breast Cancer Awareness Month!  The main entrance of the hospital now has pink pavement striping, directional arrows and curbsides.  Stripes in the adjacent doctors’ parking lot are also pink.  The entrance to Burdin Riehl Center, housing Cancer Center of Acadiana (CCA) at Lafayette General, also adorns pink road striping.

The effort was an initiative of employee Rodney Dugas, a painter in Facilities Services Department, who began the project late Friday night during his time off.  Dugas left one segment of curb undone, which was formally completed in a brief ceremony held Tuesday at 12:30 p.m., by employees of CCA and LGMC, while CCA oncologists tied decorative pink ribbons around the hospital’s three main flagpoles in front of the hospital’s main entrance.

A pink ribbon symbolizes awareness of breast cancer, and during October, many individuals and organizations wear pink attire or incorporate pink into their marketing as a show of support for breast cancer survivors.  The pink ribbon was first introduced by Susan G. Komen Foundation in 1991 at a New York City race for breast cancer survivors.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual observance intended to help raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research, prevention, treatment and cure.