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The Sundial Bridge over the Sacramento River in Redding, CA was the scene of a vivid Think Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Day.

arrow From the Summer 2009 issue of American Trails Magazine

arrow See A Shared Vision, Spanning Decades: The Redding Area’s Trail System

 

A glowing pink trail bridge draws thousands for Breast Cancer Awareness


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The Sundial trail bridge in Redding, California

 

The Sundial Bridge on the Sacramento River National Recreation Trail at Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding, California was illuminated in pink light on October 15, 2009, for the 13th annual Think Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Day.

American Trails’ national headquarters is based in the Redding area. Pam Gluck, Executive Director, walked the bridge and shared her experience:

“I just couldn’t believe how very beautiful our bridge was — bathed in soft pink with the Breast Cancer Ribbon projected on both sides of the dial. The bridge was packed with people of all ages— it appeared to me that half of Redding was there!

"This is just one more example of how a trail feature can serve as a centerpiece for community causes. It really touched and inspired me— with my Mom being a 33-year breast cancer survivor.”

Pam also noted how important trails can be to bring the community together for events like this:

“I believe some people attended for the novelty of seeing our Sundial dressed in pink. But it was obvious by the way people were moved— that most were there to bring awareness to the cause, to raise desperately needed funding for research and education, to lend support to family and friends, and to pay respect to loved ones lost. In addition, it appeared cancer survivors were celebrating life as they were warmly embraced by their community. No one left untouched. Who knows how many lives our lovely pink bridge will have saved with its message. What a meaningful event— one I know I will never forget.”

 

View more photos on the Nor-Cal Think Pink website:
www.norcalthinkpink.org.

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The walking and bicycing bridge is illuminated

from underneath its glass deck

 

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