For the past twenty years, Rally for a Cure events in Knox County have generated $198,738 for
the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, with a small amount being designated for
This year, the local organizers decided to make a change when the national organization
decided to not support the local outreach groups. Instead, they opted to keep the funds local
and rename their group "Go Pink for a Cure." They were excited to announce that their
fundraising efforts will support Breast Health Services at Knox Community Hospital.
In fact, this year's "Go Pink for a Cure" event raised $25,500 for breast cancer patients. This is
the largest amount ever raised by this all volunteer group.
As the sky cleared and sun shined, golfers played 9 holes at the Mount Vernon Country Club
while others enjoyed euchre, bridge, and mahjongg. A delicious lunch was served and prizes
for the golf scramble and table games were awarded. The excitement was tangible as the "Go
Pink" team spoke about working on behalf of local cancer patients.
"We are really happy to be working with The Foundation for KCH," said Carol Sue Owens, a
founding member of the "Go Pink" committee. "We just feel that it is a more immediate way to
get help to the folks who need it."
Barbara Barry, "Go Pink" chairwoman, added that "We learned at one of our event planning
meetings that a fund helping provide mastectomy bras was depleted, which meant someone in
need might have to go without. I am hoping that the funds generated by this event will take
care of everyone who needs it, and it encourages the clinical staff by letting them know how
much we care."
On behalf of the Foundation for KCH, Lori Wilkes also praised the cooperative spirit of
everyone involved: "We are very thankful for the initiative of the "Go Pink" group. It is an event
that brings people together for a great cause. I love the history of the event, and the passion of
the women who organized it. We encourage everyone to get involved to see how you can
The next "Go Pink for a Cure" event is already scheduled for June 21, 2019, at the Mount
Vernon Country Club. For more information, please contact Barbara Barry at 740.398.7862.