LEWISTON – Bates College joined a number of Lewiston-Auburn institutions and businesses on Oct. 16 in sponsoring a special “Pink Tulip Project” planting to benefit the Maine Cancer Foundation’s Women’s Cancer Fund.

The Pink Tulip Project was founded by Robin Whitten of Portland after her 2004 breast cancer diagnosis. Throughout her winter-long treatment, Whitten anticipated seeing her spring garden of tulips. That vision kept her going and inspired her to share the optimism of spring’s renewal by creating the Pink Tulip Project.

During October, 15,000 pink tulips sponsored by individuals and businesses to honor women with breast cancer are being planted in public and private commercial gardens throughout Maine.

The funds raised through the project will benefit the Maine Cancer Foundation’s Women’s Cancer Fund. As the initial cost of the tulips has been underwritten by Gibson Realty LLC, 100 percent of the funds raised through bulb sponsorships will to go to the Maine Cancer Foundation.

Sponsorships of 10 to 1,000 bulbs are available to individuals, groups and businesses at $1 a bulb. The goal for 2006 is to raise $15,000. More information is available at [email protected]


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