Breast cancer events affect me more now

Published 5:21 pm Tuesday, October 21, 2014

With the month of October well under way, pink has become a popular color in Atmore, as well as across the nation.

Local businesses and organizations have joined together for various events to call attention to the deadly disease of breast cancer, and all types of cancer. Another of these displays will take place Saturday at Williams Station Day, when dozens of pink balloons are released into the air during the opening ceremony — to honor those who have fought, are fighting, or have died from this terrible disease.

Earlier this month, the Women of Distinction organized their annual cancer awareness walk, helping to raise money for local patients who are still fighting cancer and need help with transportation costs to and from treatments.

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Every one of these events holds a special extra meaning for me. In August, I lost my aunt Kathy St. Clair (my dad’s youngest sister) to breast cancer. She had been fighting it for almost 13 years and was an inspiration to many in her life.

While Aunt Kathy was still alive, I would always try to say an extra little prayer at Relay For Life and similar events. Now, it’s a little different because I not only know someone who is fighting the battle … but someone who has lost it.

However, I’m not going to let Aunt Kathy’s death keep me from continuing to pray and hope for a cure. And I’ll always remember her valiant fight, every time I see a pink ribbon.