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Say Paints Pumpkins for Breast Cancer Awareness

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By Madeline Klein on October 23, 2020 in Say's Spotlight

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Since our team hasn’t been all together in person since March, we figured why not plan a fun, outdoor, and socially-distant fall activity?

Lucky for us, Alisha Moreland presented the perfect endeavor. Every October, Moreland and her “Pink Warriors” paint and decorate pink pumpkins with the goal of encouraging mammogram appointments for early detection of breast cancer. She coined the name “Alisha’s Pink Pumpkin Painting Parties” for these events.

After watching a colleague struggle with Breast Cancer in 2007, Moreland began thinking of ways to raise awareness and inspire women to get tested for cancer. Every year, the reach of her pink pumpkins grows within Missouri! As long as artists use her pink, black, and silver color scheme – the world (pumpkin) is your oyster. Each color symbolizes a specific component of the journey with cancer. Pink is for breast cancer awareness, black for the pain and darkness cancer brings, and silver represents the ray of hope—the silver lining. Moreland encourages adding unique items with glue and bedazzling galore!

After each pumpkin is painted, the artist adds one final touch – a special note that reads “Encourage a woman you care about to get her mammogram or schedule yours today!” These pumpkins are often placed outside of buildings in an effort to grab people’s attention and advocate for early detection!

Our team is excited to support Alisha Moreland on her mission, and we are proud Pink Warriors!

If you’re interested in being a part of this journey towards increased awareness, check out Alisha’s Pink Pumpkin Painting Party on Facebook!

Madeline Klein is Say's Digital Content Producer. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Journalism, emphasis in Strategic Communication. Her experience is in writing and digital media. Madeline loves using her creativity to write and design new and exciting pieces of work for Say!