Pink balloons took flight over the fountain in Uptown Greenwood Thursday afternoon as breast cancer survivors and supporters released them in honor of Breast cancer Awareness Month.
Greenwood Mayor Welborn Adams ordered the fountain dyed pink for the month of October again this year in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Members of Lander University’s chapter of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority were present at the balloon release. Sorority leaders will meet with Lander University officials Friday to discuss turning the school’s fountains pink during October as well.
Three breast cancer survivors – Dana Riley, Susan Petty and Angela Winchester – were the first to let their balloons go, each of them releasing a balloon for each year they have been cancer-free. Seeing the pink fountain and all the pink balloons was a special sight for the ladies.
“The pink fountain is great,” said Winchester, who has been cancer-free for three years. “People can appreciate and acknowledge what the fight is all about. We appreciate the city and the community allowing us to do this. I’m just thankful for each day and each year that passes.”
The balloon release was hosted by Self Regional Healthcare’s Imaging Center. Staff from the center was on hand releasing balloons alongside the survivors and other supporters.