By Gary Lloyd
The sixth annual “Turn Trussville Pink” is today in Trussville.
The Hewitt-Trussville Middle School football game on Thursday against Homewood will feature a “pink out,” as will the Hewitt-Trussville High School football game Friday against Mountain Brook.
“Turn Trussville Pink” grew out of a series of community projects that have been taking place in Trussville for many years. Over the past 10 years, the city of Trussville and Trussville City Schools have participated in various fundraisers for breast cancer research. The initiatives began in 2001, and by 2008, had morphed into a city-wide event known as “Turn Trussville Pink.”
What is known today as “Turn Trussville Pink” began a bit more modestly in 2006, when Hewitt-Trussville High School sophomore Joshua White worked with DECA, a business and marketing student organization, to implement a project called “Turn Hewitt Pink.” The project honored two high school teachers in the midst of a battle against breast cancer. DECA sold pink T-shirts and decorations as a school-wide fundraiser for breast cancer research. All proceeds from this sale benefitted a fund that had been set up five years prior by Hewitt Elementary (now Paine Primary School) teacher Kristy Stacks in 2001.
Two years later, in 2008, “Turn Hewitt Pink” broke outside of the walls of the high school and became “Turn Trussville Pink.” It raised more than $5,000 for breast cancer research in its inaugural year.
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