The City of Wetumpka is gearing up to host the annual Color the Town Pink Walk to raise awareness about breast cancer and honor survivors at 2 p.m. Oct. 24.
Wetumpka event coordinator Valencia Smith said the walk is set to start at the fountain in front of the Wetumpka Civic Center.
Participants will walk along the river to the boat landing at Gold Star Park where there will be a pink balloon release.
After the balloon release, Smith said pink cupcakes and lemonade will be served at the overlook.
Winn-Dixie of Wetumpka provided the balloons and Walmart of Wetumpka provided the cupcakes and lemonade for the event.
Jackie Butler from Joy to Life Foundation in Montgomery and Jenny Dodson, a local resident and breast cancer survivor, are the scheduled speakers.
“I posted a message to Facebook asking breast cancer survivors to chime in (about this year’s walk),” Smith said. “I ended up getting in contact with Jenny. She emailed her story to me and we just hit it off.”
Dotson is eager to share her story of faith with event participants. She was married for three months when doctors told her she had Stage 3 breast cancer.
”I found a little lump the size of a pea,” Dotson said “In six weeks, it was the size of a walnut.”
After 20 rounds of chemotherapy and numerous procedures and complications along the way, she will be three years in remission come Dec. 9.
“Being a Christian, my faith has really grown,” she said. “Today, my blood work looks good. I just want to pay it forward when and where I can.”
Other events planned during the month include:
• Elmore Community Hospital is offering free mammograms Oct. 28. Call 334-514-3688 for details.
• River Region Family Medicine located at 41 Cambridge Ct. in Wetumpka is offering free breast exams during the month of October. Call 334-567-3309 for details.
• The Wetumpka Fire Department is selling pink T-shirts. Shirts are $15 each ($20 each for XXL) and are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at Fire Station 1 on South Main Street. There is a limited supply. Proceeds benefit cancer research.