TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. - Sport some pink and help raise money for local cancer patients during the 8th Annual Truckee Pink Party Fundraiser, often called the "Best Pre-Halloween Costume Party" in town, hosted by Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation. The theme for this year's Pink Party is "50 Shades of Pink," and it's scheduled for Friday, Oct. 26 at Moody's Bistro, Bar & Beats in Old Town Truckee. This year there are two ticket options: "Lighter Shade of Pink Party," 6-8 p.m., costs $50 per person and includes live music, appetizers, wine bar with a rare chance to purchase some of California's most exclusive wines sold by the glass. Admission to the "Laters, Baby" party beginning at 8 p.m. includes pizza and salad buffet until 10 p.m., music by DJ the Silver boom Box Thief until 2 a.m., two free door prize drawings, and a costume contest with prizes for best male and female costume. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. For tickets and information, go to www.truckeepinkparty.com or call 530-582-6277.During October, Tahoe Forest Health System (TFHS) celebrates National Breast Health Awareness Month, now in its 28th year, by giving first-time mammogram patients a free "surprise" gift. And, if returning patients have a friend call and make an appointment for a first-time mammogram, both friends receive a gift. First-time mammograms must be scheduled during October 2012 and completed by March 2013 to qualify for a free gift of no cash value. Tahoe Forest Hospital (TFH) uses the most advanced technology is used to perform comprehensive breast screening exams, and the very latest in digital mammography screenings are used for all patients. Screening exams are administered by a certified mammography technologist and are interpreted by a board certified radiologist. Patients who receive annual mammograms understand how the procedure assists in the early detection of breast cancer. They also know mammograms are quick and easy. No doctor's order is necessary for a screening; follow-up breast care is available. To schedule an appointment, call 530-582-6510. A limited number of free exams and mammograms are available through Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. Call 530-582-3277 for eligibility details.With grants and ongoing generous support from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, TFHS is able to provide breast health education and breast screening to the uninsured and underinsured. Administered by Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation and key staff within the Tahoe Forest Hospital, peer educators at Family Resource Centers (FRC) are trained by Tahoe Forest medical staff on breast health education, including the importance of breast exams and mammography. These educators share the information with FRC clients through educational outreach sessions. About National Breast Awareness MonthNational Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) is an annual international health campaign occurring every October. The organization is a partnership of national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to screening services. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer. BCAM is also a time for women to be reminded of the vital importance for earlier detection.Since its inception a quarter century ago, NBCAM has been at the forefront of promoting awareness of breast cancer issues and has evolved along with the national dialogue on breast cancer. The organization remains dedicated to educating and empowering women to take charge of their own breast health by practicing regular self-breast exams to identify any changes, scheduling regular visits and annual mammograms with their healthcare provider, adhering to prescribed treatment, and knowing the facts about recurrence. Visit www.NBCAM.org.