Wipeout Whitesburg Pink

By: Melissa Etezadi Email
By: Melissa Etezadi Email

Folks in Letcher County got together to participate in "Wipe out Whitesburg with Pink."

The event is designed to promote breast cancer awareness.

The city of Whitesburg is painting their town pink for one reason...

“Breast cancer awareness and prevention is of most importance and I think this is a great campaign promoting that prevention and it's also brought the community together in raising awareness,” Carrie Hall said.

“The more you get a community drawn together for something the more people tend to pay attention to it and they don't just take it as something second handed,” Mandi Parker said.

The event was put together by the Beta Sigma Phi's "zeta zeta" sorority Chapter in Whitesburg.
They say they wanted to get the word out that early detection is the best protection.

“It's something that is increasing more and more even in younger women and older. Most of us have been affected by it some way or another,” Parker said.

Health officials say the impact is not only being felt by adults, but also by children.

“How their taking active roles and talking to their parents and talking to their mothers and different things. Because everybody here in the mountains one thing we relate to is we've been touched by cancer is some sort of fashion and its starting to show in our youth,” Wallace Bates said.

Thirty-four businesses are participating in the competition.

They are competing in four different categories...education, uniqueness, creativity and use of theme.

All of the money raised will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

1st Place - Reflections
(They donated 150 inches of hair to locks of love and 10% of their sales today went to Susan G. Komen Foundation)
2nd Place - Whitaker Bank
3rd Place - David Narramore, DMD
Most Unique (Flower Pot Person) - Ky Laureate Rho

1 Annie's Frugal Finery
2 Beta Kappa (Flower Pot Girl)
3 David Narramore, DMD, PSC.
4 East Kentucky Drug Testing, Inc
5 Food City
6 Hobo's Diner
7 Jenny Lea Academy
8 Ky Laureate Rho (Flower Pot Girl)
9 Letcher County Public Library
10 Looking Glass
11 Mountain Eagle
12 Mountain Heritage Festival Comm. (Flower Pot Girl)
13 Pine Mountain Crafts Co-op (Homes, Inc.)
14 Reflections
15 Summit City
16 Whitesburg ARH
17 Whitesburg City Hall
18 Whitesburg Florist
19 Whitesburg Surgical/Medical Business Office
20 East Ky Physical Therapy
21 Pine Mountain Grill
22 Childers Oil Office
23 Isom Double Kwik
24 Dry Fork Double Kwik
25 Whitesburg Double Kwik
26 Pine Mtn Double Kwik
27 Ermine Double Kwik
28 Neon Double Kwik
29 Jenkins Double Kwik

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