Aiken residents Debbie Mills and Alicia Owens will paint Aikenís downtown teal once again this year for ovarian cancer awareness.

Their efforts will start with a Letís Talk Teal breakfast on Aug. 28 at 7:30 a.m. at Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry St., hosted by Gailís Anatomy and Aiken Regionalís WE Women Enlightened for Better Health.

Dr. Oletha Minto will be the guest speaker, and she will talk about the importance of taking responsibility for oneís own health.

Reservations are required; to reserve a seat, call the Direct Doctors Plus line at 800-882-7445.

Following the breakfast, the public is invited to walk over to the Newberry Street fountain and turn it teal as Mayor Fred Cavanaugh presents a proclamation naming September as Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

Mills is the founder of Gailís Anatomy, a group dedicated to increasing awareness of ovarian cancer and its symptoms.

She and co-director Owens turn the Newberry Street fountain teal every year in honor of National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

Owens said, on behalf of the nonprofit, it wants to thank the URS Corporation for covering the cost to dye the fountain.

Gailís Anatomy is also selling advance tickets for the Augusta GreenJackets game at Lake Olmstead Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 30.

Both Mills and Owens will be on site to promote awareness about ovarian cancer at the last regular season Saturday night game.

The package price, which includes an event T-shirt, ticket and fireworks, will be $20. Event tickets are $10, which includes fireworks.

ďEarly detection is what saves lives, and unless people know about ovarian cancer, they will have no way to know the signs and symptoms,Ē Owens said. ďBy joining us, they are learning and becoming aware.Ē

For more information or to purchase tickets, email

Maayan Schechter is the local government reporter with Aiken Standard. Follow her on Twitter @MaayanSchechter.