Get ready to show your pink.
In an effort to raise awareness about breast cancer and the screening options that are recommended, organizers are holding a Paint Warren County Pink Weekend that begins this Thursday.
Tyra Green at Boyd & Boyd Nursery on Smithville Highway has already gotten into the act. She painted the one-ton, concrete gorilla in front of the nursery pink in late September in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.
“We’ve done a lot of different things with him over the years, but I think this is the best one,” said Green, who received help from co-workers Lindsay Barnes and Katherine Green. “A customer called and requested that we do this and I’ve always wanted the chance to put him in a tutu so he’s wearing a tutu and a giant bra.”
Green is encouraging cancer survivors to stop and sign the gorilla through October. She says there are already five or six signatures.
Statistics from the American Cancer Society indicate 1-in-8 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. That translates to one new diagnosis every two minutes.
In addition, about 1 percent of U.S. men will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
“This observance is not necessarily about raising money,” said event coordinator Ashley Gillentine Wright. “It’s mainly about raising awareness and encouraging everyone to get the proper cancer checks and screenings. Breast cancer is a problem in our region. Women are still dying due to complications from breast cancer and that would not be happening as frequently if everyone were more aware of screening options and more breast cancers were caught in the early stages.”
Individuals are encouraged to wear pink this Thursday thru Sunday in support of Paint Warren County Pink Weekend. This includes wearing pink Friday night at Nunley Stadium when the WCHS football team is set to face Smith County. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Local businesses can get into the act by decorating in pink or encouraging their employees to wear pink. The four-day effort this year is an expansion from last year’s event, which was one day.
If you need a splash of pink for your wardrobe, pink breast cancer awareness T-shirts are available at Ashley’s Attic at Plaza Shopping Center for $15. Proceeds from T-shirt sales will benefit the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen Upper Cumberland.
Anyone holding a breast cancer awareness activity, making a donation to a breast cancer organization, or offering a special discount or activity at their business is invited to post the information on the official Paint Warren County Facebook page – www.Facebook.com/PaintWCPink.
The emphasis for this observance is to ensure community members are “going pink” for the right reasons. Local individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations and healthcare providers are encouraged to use Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Paint Warren County Pink movement to educate the community about good breast health practices, to encourage regular self, clinical and mammography breast exams, and to teach about the risk factors and treatment options for breast cancer.
For more information, visit www.Facebook.com/PaintWCPink. For more information about breast cancer and breast health, visit www.KomenUpperCumberland.org, or www.Cancer.org/BreastCancer.