The Pink Splash marked its 11th year turning the water pink in Franklin's Egbert Fountain at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to raise awareness of breast cancer.

"We're just a group of friends, sisters and mothers," said Shirl Baughman, a nurse navigator at UPMC Northwest. "It was originally started by two breast cancer survivors, Shelly Hartle and Joyce Engstrom."

All proceeds and donations from the event benefits the Kirtland Cancer Foundation.

The evening was kicked off by the HOLeY JEANS community choir, who sang some church songs and Disney tunes.

The keynote speaker was Dr. Shannon Penland, a physician at UPMC Northwest, who spoke about improvements in survivorship rates as well as prevention.

For breast cancer prevention, Penland recommended that women avoid drinking and smoking, maintain a healthy weight and get regular exercise. Additionally, she said women should get regular screenings, know their family history and pay attention to their own bodies.

"Since 1989, a woman's chance of surviving breast cancer has increased by 40 percent," Penland said. "We think that's due to early detection, patient awareness and better treatment methods."

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