Lincoln nonprofit Pink Bandana supports women under 40 with breast cancer

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and a Lincoln nonprofit named Pink Bandana is highlighting the need for women under 40 to check for breast cancer.

The organization started by hosting a small mud volleyball tournament.

The money raised from the event goes to breast cancer patients.

After the first couple of events, leaders of Pink Bandana realized that all the recipients of the money were all under 40.

“They had the cancer, but they kind of thought it was something else,” Pink Bandana founder Jeremy Stanislav said. “They didn’t go to the doctor and get checked out, thinking they were too young.”

Stanislav said younger people can “feel invincible.”

“So we thought, ‘There’s probably a lot of other women out there that are ignoring those signs. Let’s be a voice for them.’ ”

Each tournament, the staff of Pink Bandana chooses two or three women, whose cancer is typically further along, to receive $10,000 each.

The tournament is hosted the second weekend in July, and registration opens in June.

But Pink Bandana is always looking for donations.

To donate, visit pinkbandana.org

Categories: Health, Lancaster, Nebraska News, News