For the second year in a row, Islip and Babylon towns will be running Pink by the Bay, a month-long campaign to raise awareness for breast cancer.

The initiative — which is a collaborative effort between Northwell Health’s Community relations department with Imbert Cancer Center and South Shore University Hospital —  coincides with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which also takes place in October.

Local businesses from East Islip to Babylon will be decorated in bright pink to honor the cause. This year, there will also be a pink QR code hanging from storefront’s which will lead people to further education and free virtual events.

The event was kicked off this week when Town of Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter and Babylon Town official lit both Town Hall cupolas pink.

“We’re proud to partner with the Town of Babylon and Northwell Health for our second annual ‘Pink by the Bay,’ said Carpenter. “I think everyone standing here today can relate to someone in their lives, whether its family, whether it’s a close friend, or colleague, someone whose life has been touched by cancer. I am urging everyone to get screened. Early detection is STILL the best prevention.”

To learn more about the Imbert Cancer Center, visit  https://www.northwell.edu/Imbertcancer.

Top: Islip Town Board lighting the cupula pink in Islip (courtesy)