People driving past the City of Statesboro’s Triangle Park may have noticed something unusual this month; in honor of breast cancer awareness, city workers dyed the fountain waters pink.
The idea came from city employee Bryan Smith, who came up with the idea after watching the presidential debate earlier this month and noticed a fountain with pink water, said Estella Roberson, administrative assistant for Statesboro water and wastewater Director Wayne Johnson.
“We colored the water in the fountain at Triangle Park (at the conjunction of Savannah Avenue and East Main Street) pink for Breast Cancer Awareness,” she said. “We have had some great responses. One in particular was a sweet couple, Mr. and Mrs. Max and Kathryn Smith, who actually came to see the fountain after their grandson sent them a mobile text which included a picture of the fountain the first day we turned it pink.”
“I was elated,” Kathryn Smith said. “I am so thankful that someone thought enough of us cancer survivors to do this in our honor. It just blessed my heart very well.”
Smith is a 23-year breast cancer survivor.
“She was very grateful and expressed her thanks to us for remembering breast cancer awareness month,” Roberson said. “She was very passionate what it meant to her and her husband, who has been her support and care giver through such a challenging time in her life.”
Roberson said she asked Johnson about dying the fountain pink after Bryan Smith offered the suggestion. Dye that would not harm the city’s water system or stain the fountain permanently was ordered, and enough was purchased to dye the fountain waters pink again next year, she said.
Kathryn Smith said she hopes more city businesses will become involved in the awareness campaign next year.
“I just want everyone to know how much this is appreciated,” she said. “I hope they will do this every year. The fight for a cure is still out there.”
One Statesboro business offered a unique and personal way to commemorate breast cancer awareness month. The Market District salon staff dyed pink streaks in the hair for customers, and donated the proceeds to another local cancer survivor, said shop owner Paula White.
“Pat Williams was diagnosed in May (with cancer),” she said. Williams, who was not immediately available for comment, recently underwent her last chemotherapy treatment. “We raised over $500 for her.”
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.