A week ago Jenison had the privilege of hosting our 4th annual “Puttin’ On The Pink,” an event which calls attention to breast cancer and recognizes those whose lives have been affected by the disease. I could not be more proud of our community for standing alongside these women as they walk through trials, recover from illness, and remember those whose lives were stolen too soon.
Held during a varsity boy’s basketball game, one of the evening’s highlights occurred during halftime when eleven local breast cancer survivors were honored, including Brenda Huyser (pictured above with her mother Vicki Postema). Tributes were spoken and memories that were shared by family members touched us all.
To raise awareness and promote prevention, the Betty Ford Breast Cancer mobile mammogram bus was on hand offering free mammograms, something many women forego due to the related expense or lack of insurance.
We enjoyed the amazing talents of student Katie Bosch who sang “I’m Going To Love You Through It All”; we spent the night cheering for our team on the court.
Furthermore, I’m delighted to report that our generous Jenison community raised $30,000 during this event!! All proceeds will go to local families in need who are currently walking through the difficult waters of cancer. It is our joy to encourage you!
At the end of the night, our hearts were pink and tied with the ribbon that reminds us all how precious life is.
Our sincere thank you goes out to the more than 20 Jenison business owners who supported this night, and of course, the Jenison women (below) who planned our event: Moni Marlink, Katy Hevelhurst, Cyndi Covell, and Carla Trammell (not pictured). We couldn’t have done it without you!