If you are a survivor or are facing a breast cancer diagnosis or going through treatment, we invite you to join us for our monthly Support Group. These happen the first Tuesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. at the Jack Russel Memorial Library in Hartford, Wis. All are welcome to join. Please follow us on Facebook for more information.

Our Board of Directors:

  • Erin Wilk - President
  • Diane Mayer - Vice President
  • Julie Wilk - Treasurer
  • Mary Kowalke - Secretary
  • Michele Bernhardt - Board Member
  • Linda Mehlum - Board Member
  • Laura Steger - Board Member
  • Carol Tautges - Board Member
  • Dawn Wilhelm - Board Member

In Downtown Hartford - Signup Here!

2015 marked our first ever Pink Pumpkin Run! In 2016, our second year, we had over 270 participants and raised over $22,000 for local families going through breast cancer. Please register for the 2017 Pink Pumpkin Run and support our cause!

This year our race is scheduled for October 7, 2017 in downtown Hartford. In addition to a 5k run, we also offer a 2 mile walk and a kid's Downtown Dash! We look forward to seeing you all there!

Tentative schedule of events for the 2017 Pink Pumpkin Run:

  • 7:30 a.m. Registration begins at Salon Effervescence - 211 N. Main Street, Hartford, Wi 53027
  • 8:30 a.m. Warm-up with Jazzercise
  • 9:00 a.m. 5k Run
  • 9:05 a.m. 2 mile Walk
  • 10:00 a.m. Kid's Downtown Dash (for kids 2-10)
  • 10:15 a.m. Closing Ceremony

Our mission is to help local families affected by breast cancer, by providing basic daily needs in the form of gift cards and services. We also hope to encourage, empower and inspire our community, and the families within it, through our efforts!

Nominate Someone in Need

If you or someone you know is battling cancer and could benefit from some help in the form of dining/gas gift cards or cleaning services, you can apply for that here.

2017 Pink Pumpkin Run- October 7th, 2017

Contact info:

Pink Pumpkin Run
P.O. Box 270013
Hartford, WI 53027

In Downtown Hartford

We are excited for our third Pink Pumpkin Run and we look forward to seeing you all there in October! In the meantime, please LIKE us on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PinkPumpkinRun. Stay tuned for more information on sponsoring our event and registering for our run. Together we can make a difference in our communities!


Please email Erin at erin@drpeterwilk.com to sign up as a volunteer for the day of our event!


Click here to register on runsignup.com or fill out paperwork at Salon Effervescence or Grand Avenue Dental Care.




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Rose Pink Sponsors

  • Animix, LLC
  • Broan
  • Divine Savior Lutheran Church
  • Douglas Jeweler
  • Hartford Movie Theater
  • Joe's Slinger Service
  • Laufer Trucking
  • Lamm Gardens
  • Menasha
  • Penny Jo Zagel - Allstate Insurance
  • Team Escape 262
  • Quad/Graphics
  • Westbury Bank

Ballet Slipper Sponsors

  • Ace Hardware
  • A & N Contracting
  • Artwork Tattoo
  • Baus Family
  • Beder-Yee Family
  • BeYOUtiful Salon
  • Birds on Deck
  • Blacks Nursery
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Washington County
  • Lori Danielski
  • Design Originals Floral
  • Downtown Beverage
  • EverBern
  • Faith and Giggles
  • First Bank Financial Center
  • Furnish Traders
  • Hartford Chamber of Commerce
  • Hartford Parks and Recreation Department
  • Highest Ground Healing
  • Horsch and Miller
  • In Memory of Randy Jaeger
  • Johnny Manhattans
  • Kwik Trip
  • Little Slice of Heaven Cupcakes
  • Lotus Be Well
  • Mineshaft
  • MJ's Market
  • Nails by Lucille
  • Natural Health Ministries
  • Pamela's Corner Boutique
  • RS Semler Insurance
  • Sycamore Tree 
  • Schauer Arts Center
  • Schnorenberg Floor Covering
  • Scoop DeVille
  • Second Chance Ventures
  • Snap Fitness
  • Something Tropical Tanning
  • The Pour House
  • The Practical Pearl
  • Uptown Motors
  • Kim Vaughan
  • WTKM

Special Thanks to:

Jack Russel Memorial Library- for hosting our 2017 monthly support groups, we thank you.

Our tireless and inspirational board members. They do SO much!

Our dedicated and loyal volunteers - without you, we couldn't do what we do!

About Us

The Pink Pumpkin Run is run and organized by a group of women and men who have been directly impacted by breast cancer. Julie Wilk was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. Three years later, her and her daughter, Erin, decided to start painting pumpkins pink during the month of October to decorate Julie's husband's dental office, Grand Avenue Dental Care. At the time, patients could make a donation to the Avon Race for the Cure and then pick a pumpkin to take home. The pumpkins were a huge hit and the next year, they painted enough of them to sell some at Faith and Giggles and Perc Place. In 2013, Sally Jude was diagnosed with breast cancer and during her chemo, a friend had purchased her a pink pumpkin. The pumpkin made it through chemo with her and, once recovered, she began to think about how she could make a difference and get more people involved.

In the fall of 2014, Sally's friend, Karin Buhle introduced Erin and Sally in the Hartford Business Improvement District office and Pink Pumpkin ideas began flowing. After a couple more introductions and a few lunches, the inaugural run was scheduled for October 3rd, 2015. Farmers were contacted to donate pumpkins to the cause, additional committee members gathered who were interested in the cause, and it was decided that all monies raised would stay local to help those going through what we all knew so well.

And so, the Pink Pumpkin Run was born.

Our Board of Directors:

  • Erin Wilk - President
  • Diane Mayer - Vice President
  • Julie Wilk - Treasurer
  • Mary Kowalke - Secretary
  • Michele Bernhardt - Board Member
  • Linda Mehlum - Board Member
  • Laura Steger - Board Member
  • Carol Tautges - Board Member
  • Dawn Wilhelm - Board Member