‘PINKing’ a fight — #PaintWinonaPink event was a success

img_1323They were all running and walking for different reasons. Some just wanted to show their support, while others had a more personal reason to be part of Paint Winona Pink.

Cheryl Small, the chairperson for the Fourth Annual Paint Winona Pink event, said everyone can relate to breast cancer.

“It is important for survivors and their families to come together to share their stories and encourage and inspire us,” Small said.

Tela Collins, a member of the Health Ministries Committee at Winona Baptist Church and one of the organizers for the event made it clear that everyone knows someone with breast cancer – “male or female, black or white, Baptist or Methodist.”


“Breast cancer doesn’t discriminate, it just wants to take your life,” Collins said.

Carolyn Moore of Winona Baptist Church shared her testimony of how God delivered her through breast cancer and what He continues to do in her life. At the end, Moore started tear up when speaking of her husband’s love and devotion throughout her treatments. He got up to stand beside her and put his hand on her shoulder to comfort her during her presentation, and everyone in the building was emotional.

After drawing for a few door prizes, the group was ready to hit the streets of Winona. Over 50 walkers and runners participated in this year’s event on a gorgeous fall morning.img_1305

Coming in first place was Mike Kotecki, Jerry Flowers came in second, and third place was a three-way tie with power walkers, Janet Harper, Maude Lott and Linda Weems.

“We had a great turnout and the weather was perfect,” said Rev. Mark Williamson, pastor of Winona Baptist Church. “It was a great time to come together and have a personal walk and share stories. It has been a great day.”










You can find this story and some of these photos in the  October 6, 2016 edition of The Winona Times.

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