'Pink the Pews' promotes breast cancer awareness

Posted at 1:54 PM, Oct 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-20 23:16:58-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Congregants at churches around Lexington paused on Sunday to honor those who have fought breast cancer.

Lexington's Colors of Promise group held its annual "Pink the Pews," which is an educational outreach event aimed at promoting early detection.

The organization spreads breast cancer awareness throughout central Kentucky, specifically to black women, who, according to CDC, are 40 percent more likely to die from the disease than white women.

Historic Missionary Pleasant Green Baptist Church has several members who have survived breast cancer, some of whom have found strength by leaning on each other.

"I think its a beautiful thing that we dress in pink to give support to all of us," said Gloria Conner, a breast cancer survivor. "And it really feels really good when you walk in church and you see members and your friends dressed in pink to honor you."

"My church family, my family... it's just good to know they're here," said Charlie Brown, a breast cancer survivor. "And they have been here for me and it's a real support system."

To find out more about the Colors of Promise Lexington Chapter, click here.