Breast cancer survivor helps raise awareness in Morgantown

MORGANTOWN, Ky. (WBKO) – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer among women in the United States.

According to the CDC, for every 100,000 women, 130 new cases of female breast cancer were reported and 19 women died from this cancer.

“Turn Morgantown Pink” takes place each October to raise awareness and honor those who have been affected by the horrific disease.

Pink is the symbolic color for breast cancer awareness.

Becky Hankins, co-founder of “Turn Morgantown Pink” and breast cancer survivor, says raising awareness and support from the community and other survivors is the goal of turning Morgantown Pink.

“It’s not just you. There are a lot of women out there, and we’re all here to support each other. We call each other our ‘pink sisters,'” Hankins said.

“When we have our survivors, every one of the ladies here wants to reach out and help someone else. Anyone newly diagnosed needs a little hope, and I think seeing women in their 50s, 60s or 70 year olds who have had breast cancer for 20-30 years, I think this gives them the hope they need.

Hankins, a retired Morgantown Elementary teacher, was diagnosed with breast cancer 15 years ago. She even taught school while battling the disease. She says it was the hope and faith she had to see other survivors tell their stories.

“All I could think of was two special ladies who had died in Morgantown from breast cancer,” Hankins said.

“Then I started thinking about the other women who didn’t die, and for me, knowing the survivors is what gives people hope.”

Some local Morgantown businesses have gone pink themselves, placing ribbons outside their businesses to show their support.

“The support of just seeing pink ribbons on different businesses, our chamber of commerce, our newspaper, our hardware store, the courthouse, it shows, ‘No, we’re nothing special. No, pink is not special”, but it shows that people care.

The fight for a cure is still ongoing, but the wait is long overdue.

“We’ve had 12 years of ‘Turn Morgantown Pink,’ we’re ready for a cure.”

To learn more about how you can help raise awareness and fight this disease, click here.

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