By Allie Jarrell
Mason News Staff Writer
Women don’t usually need an excuse to sport a completely pink wardrobe, but it doesn’t hurt to have one.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and for the third year in a row, Kean’s Store helped celebrate survivors and lost loved ones by hosting its annual Breast Cancer Awareness Event.
The event was held on Oct. 6 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. in Kean’s Store on Jefferson Street. According to Teresa Wren, the store’s owner, the event has had a great turnout every year, with about a hundred women or so coming in to support the cause.
“We just want to raise money for Breast Cancer,” Wren said. “Look around, everybody’s in pink! Even a lot of our customers today were in pink. It’s the month of awareness, and you see support everywhere.”
In past years, Wren said that the event included activities like massages, manicures and pedicures, and other forms of pampering. She observed that in the midst of all these activities, the true purpose of the event was lost.
“Last year it got a little out of hand. We were a little unorganized and it was a little crazy, so this year we’ve simplified it,” Wren said. “We’re getting back to, ‘Please come in and make a donation to Breast Cancer.’ It got off track.”
This year, the event included refreshments, drawings throughout the store for prizes including a handmade breast cancer quilt, and for every donation made to the American Cancer Society the donor received a $5 gift card to Kean’s. The store also featured discounts on clothing and accessories adorned with pink ribbons and supportive messages.
Wren’s favorite part of the event is seeing all of the women come in and support each other every year.
“This one gal I helped today, she said she was a 13-year survivor. She was sitting there picking beads out, and I had to give her a bead. I said, “You know, that is something to celebrate.””