As I do every spring, I attend the Pink Out Women’s Cancer Fund event. It is a night that is filled with fun, friendship, food and awe. Money is raised for the Pink Out Fund, information is HERE. Please make a donation!
The mansion is a beautiful piece of architecture and design in itself but it is totally decorated in pink for this event. The girls in the committee are all dressed in a theme outfit and we are greeted at the door by Jane Rice with a hug, a hug that is one that you would give your best friend as she enters your home for a girl’s night. The committee women’s husbands wearpink polo shirts; they direct the parking and offer you a ride to the mansion in golf carts. There are tall pink flags waving in the evening breeze as you drive up to the mansion, gorgeous pink flower arrangements are placed throughout the rooms (donated and crafted from plastic bottles and bags and painted), tables are adorned with pink fabric and ribbons, and beautifully hand-blown glass hats and purses dress the tables outside in the backyard. The drinks for the evening are of a pink nature of course, made with cranberry or pomegranate juices, pink plates and napkins, pink food ~ pasta with a pink sauce and salmon, even the salad dressing had a pink hue to it!
The entire place is filled with women in pink, it looks like a pepto bismol bottle exploded! It’s one the most wonderful things you can experience. The sister-hood, the love, the caring. And then you are humbled when you see someone that is obviously undergoing chemo treatments. I ran into a friend that I hadn’t seen in a long time. She had no hair and my heart instantly ached for her. She told me that she shaved her head for her daughter-in-law who has breast cancer. LOVE
Volunteers for the evening, also in a theme outfit but different from the committee girls, are walking around all evening collecting your empty plates and cups. There is also a silent auction and raffle drawings.
Then Jane speaks, her story of surviving cancer is amazing and makes me tear up every time. A guest speaker spoke last night, a young woman; I could not move from where I was standing. As she was introduced by her friend, it was mentioned that she was a tough cookie; she also mentioned a t-shirt that this young woman wore, it read “hey cancer, you picked the wrong bitch”. And cancer did. This young woman’s story was shocking and heartwarming and I couldn’t help but cry. She had a doctor appointment, had her breast exam and was given a clean bill of health, in a matter of 2 months I believe; she did her own breast exam and found the lump that changed her life. She talked about how she wanted to “feel” what cancer was like so for a few days she didn’t take some medicine, which she said looking back was probably not a good thing, but she still wanted to feel it. After a treatment she was so sick but still went to work, had to excuse herself and then went back to work. She did then take the meds, and she said that she really couldn’t explain why she wanted to do that but she did. She also told us how she would have a treatment and then go home to put on her bikini, hop on the John Deere and mow her yard. Yea I think she might be a tough girlie! She told us though, she was still depressed and sad BUT she was not going to let cancer live her life, she was going to learn to live her life with cancer.
After she spoke and walked away we were asked if we remembered a young bald girl 2 years ago in a pink fluffy dress, a lot of us agreed that yes we did, that was her and she will be celebrating 2 years of being cancer free this month.
Next, Jane asked all the women in the room that had breast, ovarian or uterine cancer to come forward. Women from all corners of the room walked up, some beside me. I just cried. They held hands and stood around a tree that was decorated with names of those being remember or honored with women’s cancer. It was so moving.
At the end of the night as you walk outside you are greeted by the husbands in pink polo shirts again. They help you down the steps, hand you a gift and escort you to your car in the golf cart. They use lights to guide you out of the cart and walk you to your car, open your car door and get you in the car safely. And finally, they tell you “get home safely”.
People that care. Friends, family. Amazing. Please make a donation, this is a wonderful organization.
Ladies, do your breast exams!!!