Pictured above: Vickie Fuller, Angela Wilson, Pat Parks.

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System’s 13th Annual Pretty in Pink event was held on June 16, 2017 at Linville Ridge Country Club. Nearly 200 women from the surrounding areas gathered for a luncheon and fashion show in support of providing free, first-time mammograms to uninsured women in Avery County. These funds directly impact the lives of women living in Avery County to help aid early breast cancer detection.

This year we were honored to have the following models participate in the Fashion Show: Kim Krege Florio, Julie Getty, Rob Getty, Marion Krege, Roy Krege, Trina McCoy, Tanion McCoy, Kariana Sanchez, Irene Sawyer, Dave Smith, Janet Streett and Lisa Townsend. Fashions were sponsored by Belk and modeled by individuals who have been touched by cancer. Our male and female models ranged from cancer survivors, to caregivers, and cancer nurses.

Kristen Walls was this year’s Pretty in Pink speaker. She shared her inspirational testimony about her battle with metastatic breast cancer. In her opening statement she said, “Everyone’s cancer story is unique. I suppose what we survivors do have in common is that we’ve all heard the words “you’ve got cancer” and we have all had to find our own way on our journeys towards healing.” Her journey, as she shared, had bumps in the road, some highs, and some lows, yet she related well to the women and gentleman of Pretty in Pink. Nods of agreement, laughs, and looks of concern were exchanged throughout the room; it created a sense of hope and unity that only the impacts of cancer can instill.  

Pretty in Pink serves as a reminder to the High Country that cancer is a prevalent disease that touches many in the community either directly or indirectly. The focus of the event isn’t just to bring awareness; the main focus is to bring hope and encouragement to those in the community who are battling this trying disease.

Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation would like to thank everyone who came to the event, models, sponsors and donors. Without their continued and enthusiastic support, this tradition would not be what it is today.