Wartburg residents paint the town pink for breast cancer

Wartburg residents paint the town pink for breast cancer awareness

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"It's a positive. It makes you want to fight. It increases your want to live and I think it has for others here," said Collins. "It's a positive. It makes you want to fight. It increases your want to live and I think it has for others here," said Collins.
From pink ribbons to a pink elephant on the courthouse lawn, Wartburg residents have thought of everything. From pink ribbons to a pink elephant on the courthouse lawn, Wartburg residents have thought of everything.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

WARTBURG (WATE) - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it's not unusual to see plenty of pink. But one local community is taking things to a whole new level.

The Town of Wartburg is small by most standards, but it has had more than its fair share of residents affected by breast cancer.

"When we started this, it was somewhat smaller and our town has just really gotten involved with us and we started calling it Paint the Town Pink," said Betty Redmon, a breast cancer survivor.

Redmon has played a key role in making Breast Cancer Awareness Month a community-wide event.

"People want to make others aware. Those of us who've been through it would give anything to keep someone else from going through it," said Redmon.

From pink ribbons to a pink elephant on the courthouse lawn, Wartburg residents have thought of everything.

And it's not just outside on the streets. The theme continues throughout the courthouse where even the antlers are pink.

Morgan County Clerk Cheryl Collins credits another staff member with working overtime to get their office fixed up in some of the more unusual pink decor.

"She started in August putting this stuff together. She hand-cut all the letters and symbols and hand-painted all the horns that we do have." said Collins.

Decorating has become a competition among local businesses to see who can deck themselves out in the most pink.

Each of the 22 businesses has their own style and their own story of survival.

"It's a positive. It makes you want to fight. It increases your want to live and I think it has for others here," said Collins.

Collins hopes the event will not only raise more awareness, but also inspire others to paint their own communities pink.

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