Paint the Town Pink kicked off its 11th year this past Saturday, September 24, and said “Bon voyage” to cancer as sponsors, supporters, and survivors gathered around the pinked-out square to honor the lives of those affected by breast cancer and encourage the community in its fight to end this disease.
WellStar West Georgia Medical Center, already a big supporter of the local Breast Friends For Life (BFFL) support group, wanted to continue working for such a great cause and decided to be the primary sponsor for this year’s Paint the Town Pink. Body Fitness, Mary Kay, Harmony House, Avon, Curves, LaGrange Healthcare & Wellness, WIC, and Relay for Life also came out and decorated their booths with everything from pink balloons and lace to pink tutus and dogs.
An honorary 10-mile walk was held by some survivors as others who have faced, and continue to face, breast cancer offered prayers and testimonies. A special booth was also placed in the center of the square for survivors to sign their name and receive a special gift.
The morning continued on with raffle prizes, music and dance entertainment, and lots of pink cupcakes and cookies. Community vendors had an opportunity to showcase not only their products, but their love for those fighting breast cancer, too, and local medical organizations were able to check people’s blood pressure, offer back and neck screenings, and provide women with free mammogram tests.
It was a packed out event that made fighters and supporters realize that they are not alone. Different groups of people wore special shirts made in honor of their loved one facing breast cancer while Lafayette’s fountain was surrounded by the honorary names of those who have had to tough out this disease.
People of all ages, of all medical backgrounds, understand that behind the pink frill and sass of the breast cancer slogan is a not-so-rosy reality. Breast cancer tries to degrade, belittle, and destroy women, but with a community turnout like this year’s Paint the Town Pink, it’s about time for breast cancer to pack up its bags and hit the road because this disease has no place in a community like ours.
Peyton Hanners Staff Writer