By Sarah Redman, intern
A record amount of people celebrated the LGBT community during the Indy Pride festival on this past weekend. The Big Red Bash Experience made its debut at Indy Pride, our fourth time at the event. In previous years, we hosted the Big Red Bash as a separate entity. We are bringing the Big Red Bash Experience to other community events. As always, Big Red Bash will educate people on how they can reduce their risk of cancer.
Outreach and Education Coordinator Tiffany King said, “It was great to take our cancer prevention message to Indy Pride this year, where we engaged attendees and asked them to take the Bash Cancer pledge.”
We have an interactive learning area at the Big Red Bash Experience, where actors pretend to be neighbors and coworkers who are looking for ways to stay healthy. At the end of the experience, participants are asked to take a selfie and make a pledge to adopt one cancer-fighting habit. There are four categories for each visitor to choose from: “Say No to Tobacco,” “Eat the Rainbow,” “Stand Up Be Active” and “Cover Up.” Each category contains four small, daily changes that people can incorporate.
“People seemed to really enjoy taking the pledge,” King said. “Some people learned new ways they can lower their risk of cancer through lifestyle changes, which is always our goal through the Big Red Bash Experience.”
If you weren’t able to attend Indy Pride, there are still plenty of opportunities to take part in the Big Red Bash experience. We will be hosting our booth again during Indiana Black Expo, July 17-19, and the Indiana State Fair, August 7-23. Can’t make it? Log on to our website, and take the pledge. Take a stand by making a pledge to #bashcancer!
“I’m anxious to engage with people at the Indiana Black Expo and Indiana State Fair,” King said. “I think we have the potential to reach a lot of people in central Indiana and spread the message about cancer prevention. I know this experience will make a difference.”