A recent Paint the Town Pink event in Madison, Kentucky, had to be brought inside due to inclement weather, though the messages of support for survivors went off without a hitch, The Richmond Register reports.
Speaker Jill Williams, spokesperson for Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center, was the leader of the event and she shared her reason for spreading breast cancer awareness
"I’m standing here today because of my grandmother," Williams told the news outlet. Her grandmother past away just a week prior to the event.
"Early detection and an annual mammogram were the keys to allowing her to have extra years with us," she added. "I’m honored today to be here among breast cancer survivors."
According to Williams, more than 2,700 victims in Kentucky will be diagnosed with the devastating disease, while 600 will die this year.
Madison school superintendent Tommy Floyd took the stage next. His wife is a six-year breast cancer survivor and he told the audience that the experience, "showed him what it was like to feel real fear."
"I know that early detection is the reason I get to ride with my gal to a ballgame tonight," Floyd added.
As 182,000 women are projected to develop the disease, education and early detection are key to their survival, according to CancerCare.org.