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Posted: Saturday, October 5, 2019 2:30 pm

The Morehead Woman’s Club held their second annual Paint the Town Pink event on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at the Rowan County Arts Center to raise breast cancer awareness.

Susette Redwine, president of the Morehead Woman’s Club, has been a part of the organization for 29 years. Her mother was a breast cancer survivor for 20 years.

Paint the town Pink
A sign at the second annual Paint the Town Pink event Saturday, October 5 in Morehead, Ky. Photo by Sarah Mitchell / The Trail Blazer.

“It touches everybody,” said Redwine. “You don’t hardly talk to anybody that hasn’t been touched by some kind of cancer.”

Redwine was inspired to start the event after her friend and former president of the Woman’s Club, Peggy Barnes, was also diagnosed with breast cancer.

“In 2014, she came down with breast cancer and so across the state, all the woman’s clubs became supportive of breast cancer awareness and prevention,” said Redwine. “I had seen this event at a couple other woman’s clubs outside of Kentucky as well as in the state of Kentucky so last year I brought it to our club.”

The club is community service based and donates its proceeds from the event to the St. Claire oncology department to help fund patient celebrations at the end of their chemo treatments.

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Susette Redwine speaks to a vendor at Paint the Town Pink in Morehead, Ky on Saturday October 5, 2019. Photo by Josh Sams/ The Trail Blazer Josh Sams

“We found out that, at the end of chemo, the nurses were paying for celebration parties and would personally go out of their pocket to have a celebration for the patients,” said Redwine. “And we found that out and we thought ‘there’s got to be a better way.’”

Cathy Schwab, a nurse at St. Claire, is one of many who helps celebrate patient victories as they battle with breast cancer. Nurses also promote that patients continue to live a regular life as they go through chemo treatments.

“Our unit focuses on staying away from the gloom and doom and make it as comfortable as we can for the patient,” said Schwab.

The club was established in 1909, making it one of the oldest service organization in Rowan County. It began as a literacy club that also helped tutor farmers by the light of the moon before becoming involved with the woman’s suffrage movement. Currently, the club is involved with children’s programs and domestic violence victims.

“It’s important to let people know that it’s not the fear it once was about losing your life,” said Redwine. “You can beat it. Unfortunately, there are times people don’t beat it but those are few and far between. Breast cancer is a treatable and beatable disease. There is hope.”

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Lana Preston setting up her Saint Claire booth at Paint the Town Pink in Morehead, Ky on Saturday October 5, 2019. Photo by Josh Sams/ The Trail Blazer Josh Sams

If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, the woman’s club encourages you to go to kentuckycancerlink.org as they provide mastectomy bras, wigs and gas cards to those who are undergoing treatment. The website also offers aid for all types of cancers.

Membership to join the Morehead Woman’s club is open to those 18 and older.

Watch a short video from Paint the Town Pink here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PW0KPWTpv4