The lights on the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign have turned pink to raise awareness for breast cancer.
The yellow bulbs surrounding the border of the sign on Las Vegas Boulevard just south of Russell Road were switched out for pink ones ahead of a Monday morning ceremony held by Clark County commissioners.
“My husband is a breast cancer survivor so I know all too well the impact this disease can have,” Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani said. “It is only fitting that we use our iconic sign to show our support for all the survivors and those who are fighting cancer now.”
About 295,000 American women per year are diagnosed with breast cancer, and almost 40,000 die from the disease every year.
In Nevada, about 112 out of 100,000 women are diagnosed every year with breast cancer, with 24 out of 100,000 women dying from the disease.
The lights on the sign will remain pink through October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“By turning the lights pink we hope to bring some attention and awareness to those fighting this disease, those who have lost their fight against breast cancer, and the importance of regular examinations,” Commission Chair Steve Sisolak said.