BJ's picnics raise breast cancer awareness

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. —  BJ's Wholesale Club announced that it is partnering with 13 of the country's leading cancer centers to host picnic luncheons to educate guests about breast cancer. This is the sixth year BJ's is hosting these "Pink Picnic" events, which will feature a doctor or specialist from a partner hospital and an inspirational speaker, who will share her experience with the disease, the company reported.

During the event, cancer survivors will be invited to share their stories. Additionally, all attendees will receive special gift bags.

"Many members of the BJ's Wholesale Club family have battled breast cancer or had a family member go through it; so it's an honor to hold the 'Pink Picnic' events to raise awareness and money that will go to the life-saving work being done at these cancer centers," said Jessica Newman, manager of community relations.

In addition to hosting the Pink Picnics this October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness month, BJ's Wholesale Club will sell "Pink Ribbon" Club merchandise. As in years past, funds will be raised through this specially marked merchandise sold at all BJ's Wholesale Clubs and donated to 13 NCI-designated Cancer Centers.