WILLIAMSON – The Wildwood Garden Club held their annual Plant it Pink Rededication Breast Cancer Awareness Program outside the Williamson Courthouse Monday, October 3.
Dee Kapourales, with the Wildwood Garden Club, explained that the purpose of the yearly rededication is to honor those who have fought breast cancer as well as raise awareness. “We have been doing this for about nine years. We want to draw attention to those who have fought and won, fought and lost, and those to come. The important thing is to remind women to be aware and protect their health and lives by yearly screening. Awareness! That’s what we are aiming to accomplish,” Kapourales stated.
The Plant it Pink Rededication featured several speakers who provided a history of Breast Cancer Awareness, facts, tips, and selected readings.
Margaret Pinson provided the welcome to the rededication ceremony. Tina Turk spoke next, providing a brief history of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Kathy Pinson discussed the history of the pink ribbon associated with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the Maurer Foundation, “The pink ribbon, the feminine color so chosen to symbolize health, has become synonymous with breast cancer awareness. The global awareness that has been raised through the pink ribbon has helped increase early detection of breast cancer, make women more aware of the importance of doing regular breast self-examinations, and increase funds directed toward finding a cure. The pink ribbon means health, vitality and empowerment of women.”
Following Pinson, Linda Shelton provided ten facts about breast cancer. Susan Conn discussed health tips from the WOG Women’s Ministry.
The rededication ceremony continued with Millie Pajarillo read “I am not a Victim of Breast Cancer,” by Laura Barnes.
Mingo County Commissioners John Mark Hubbard and Greg “Hootie” Smith were also speakers at Monday’s event.
Following the speakers, several reading selections were read. Williamson Councilwoman, Judy Hamrick read “A Gift,” by Linda Nielson. Ginny Davis read, “The Bucket,” by Linda Neilson.
The ceremony continued with Krista Cather singing, “One Day You Will,” by Lady Antebellum. Machelle McCormick read “The Sisterhood” by Linda Nielsen. Pat Poole read “Unforgettable” by Christina Calino. Jamie Weaver read an anonymous selection entitled, “Attitude.”
The ceremony concluded with a prayer provided by Revered Jerry Shields.
The Wildwood Garden Club extended a special thanks to Krista Cather, Yogi Croaff, Kathy Pinson, Reverend Jerry Shields, and Joan Trimble.
(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)