They call it “Hot Pink and Cool Blues.” Survivors said that they want to change the future.
The sixth annual dinner and dance was hopping at the Landmark inn in Pikeville and around 300 hundred people showed up in support. Members from the group After Breast Cancer, out of Pikeville, that has been around over a decade say that they provide a support system for survivors and raise funds and awareness to prevent the disease.
“This is an annual event and we use this to pay for mammograms for uninsured women,” said Sandy Ramsey, an ABC Member, and breast cancer survivor.
Organizers of the event are proud to say that all of the money at the event will remain local and they cannot over stress the importance of keeping yourself in check.
“I started having mammograms when I turned 40 and they found it very early,” said Ramsey.
Survivors said that a support network is crucial to recovery.
“We are strengthened by the friends and loved ones that we have by us and if we can do anything to put the awareness out there to tell people to do their self exams, go to see their doctors,” said Debbie Holbrook, an ABC Member and breast cancer survivor.
They said that it's all about helping others.
“Anything that we can do if somebody has a need we are trying to make it, especially in eastern Kentucky where we have such a high incidence of breast cancer here and it is in younger and younger people,” said Holbrook.
The organization has likely saved at least one life in the past.
“Last year one of the women one of the mammograms we gave, we did have a patient diagnosed with that,” said Ramsey.
“So we are just so proud and happy that we can be helpful.”
They said they want everyone in the region to not have an excuse to not monitor their status.
“We want there to be no reason why some lady that wants it, or man to go have a mammogram. and to get the word out there and just be vigilant in your check ups, do it for your children,” said Holbrook.