TRUSSVILLE, AL (WBRC) - For the second year in a row, Trussville turned pink in efforts to raise money and awareness about breast cancer.
"Turn Trussville Pink Day" is the brain child of Joshua White. The University of Alabama freshman started the "Joshua White Breast Cancer Research Fund" when he was a sophomore at Hewitt-Trussville High School in honor of his mother who is now a breast cancer survivor.
Two years later, he got the entire city involved in his fundraising efforts. Last year, about 20 businesses took part. This year...that number jumped to more than 60.
"Cancer is a killer and so we have to put a stop to it," White said standing in front of a pink bow on one of the businesses. "And the only way they'll ever get anything accomplished is if we research this disease.'"
Tuesday, Joshua returned to Hewitt-Trussville High School to kick off the second annual "Turn Trussville Pink" day and present a check from his fund for $10,000 to the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. White says 100 percent of the proceeds will stay local and go towards the Joshua White Breast Cancer Research Fund.
"This money is specifically going to research that will hopefully cure cancer and save lives," White said. "That's what we're doing here today."
Businesses found different ways to raise funds in support of the day.
"Some businesses have bought the shirts for their employees," White said. "Some businesses are giving a percentage of proceeds, and some are raffling off pink items and gift cards."
As you drove down the town's streets Tuesday, you could see pink balloons, bows and decorations everywhere, including the front of Complete Cleaners. Inside, the store's 18 employees wore black and pink shirts with huge pink ribbons on the front, a reflection of the personal journey of the store's owner.
"Five years and two months ago, I was standing over there and got a phone call and learned that my wife had breast cancer," says owner John Patterson, pointing to a nearby spot. "It changes your life."
After two surgeries, chemo and radiation, his wife, Sandy, stood by his side Tuesday. She is now a survivor who is filled with hope.
"Maybe in the future, people with breast cancer won't have to go through chemo because we will have all these new advances," she said.
If you would like to donate or would like more information about the "Joshua White Breast Cancer Research Fund," you may contact Joshua at: