Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin and Albert Lea will light the front of the hospital buildings pink the evening of Friday, Oct. 16, in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month was first observed in the U.S. in 1985. It is an international initiative to increase awareness of the disease and raise funds for research, education and treatment. In 1993, President Bill Clinton declared the third Friday in October each year to be National Mammography Day. On this day, and throughout the month, women are encouraged to make a mammography appointment to safeguard their health.

The Mayo campus lighting program recognizes significant local and national events, and brings attention to health-related causes like Breast Cancer Awareness Month and National Mammography Day. For more information, contact Community Engagement.