A crowd showed up at Moody City Hall last week for a “pre-kickoff” for next April’s Relay. Moody High School students described how they had sold pink T-shirts to be worn at the Friday night football game, and event chairwoman Becky Hogan extracted commitments from the audience not only to support Relay but also to stay all night at the event.
Moody’s cheerleaders, majorettes, color guard and dance line all wore pink to show their solidarity in support of finding a cure for breast cancer. But girls in Moody are not alone in sporting rose-colored clothing.
Over in Springville, the whole city is about to turn pink, thanks to effort begun by 14-year-old Olivia Hutto and her mother Tracie.
Last year, they launched a fundraising drive that produced more than $3,300 for breast cancer research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. This year, they hope to raise even more.
They took orders for pink T-shirts and are selling pink bows in preparation for Turn Springville Pink Day Oct. 19. They are getting support from the Springville City Council with a donation of $250 and with bow sales by the Fire Department and the Junior Beta Club at Springville Junior High.
Their work honors Tracie’s mother, Charlotte Keith, who has been battling breast cancer for the past 11 years.
These and other events are happening now because October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All the pink we’re seeing is just a reminder that cancer doesn’t wait for a warm evening in spring, and the efforts to fight it needn’t either.