"Turn the Town Pink" for Breast Cancer Awareness

By BROOKE WELCH | bwelch@wfft.com

Published 05/12 2014 02:02PM

Updated 05/12 2014 02:33PM

You may have noticed some pink ribbons if you've been driving around town.  It is for the kick off for "Turn the Town Pink", a fundraising and Breast Cancer awareness effort.

WFFT's Brooke Welch was at the kick off and has more on upcoming events.

"Turning the Town Pink" raises awareness for the 1 in 8 women that will be told they ave Breast Cancer at some point in their life.

"For me, it was devastating because I am extremely medically phobic.  I do not like to be in doctor's offices, I don't like anything to do with medication, needles, IV's, and things."

Victoria Boyd-Devine has now been cancer free for 6 months and is excited for the future.

"You do look at things little differently, you appreciate things more and you do look back at what got you through it, being family and friends, sarcasm and humor."

Catherine Hill with the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer is excited to see this event get bigger every year.

"We have 12,000 ribbons downtown and we have over 55 neighborhood associations hanging up their pink ribbons."

When you pass one of the 12,000 ribbons, they are not just symbolic.  Each ribbon has the name of a person on the tag.

Every pink ribbon represents a contribution and the Foundation has raised a million dollars over the past decade.  Other events include...
*a 4 miles run that took place on May 10th at Lutheran Health Network
*"Turn the Park Pink" game on May 22nd at the Fort Wayne TinCaps
*A women's tennis and golf tournament May 30th-June 1st

For survivor's like Boyd-Devine, these events mean a lot.

"I think things like this are just amazing and it really makes you feel good."

Click here for more information on "Turn the Town Pink."

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