BENTON- Now in its third year, the Paint the Town Pink Breast Cancer Walk, sponsored by the Benton Women’s Club, has become an annual tradition for many local residents.
It’s a time to reflect on the past year, to reunite with those previously affected by breast cancer, and those newly diagnosed, those who have been fighting the fight, and those just getting newly acquainted with what’s yet to come. Paint the Town Pink has become more than just a colorful term, it’s become an event about awareness and a personal mission by all involved to save as many lives as possible through early detection.
This year’s event drew more than a hundred participants out to the court square Saturday morning. Guest speaker Tala Watkins-Harper told the emotional story of her family’s battle with cancer. Barely able to speak the words, her heart-felt words touched the crowd. More than a dozen cancer survivors gathered around the stage, indicating efforts such as these truly do make a difference in the lives of people right here in this community. All proceeds from the walk, as well as from T-shirt sales and cookbook sales go to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation and local breast cancer charities.