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Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women in the U.S.

October is national breast cancer awareness month, when national organizations promote education and fund raising to find a cure.

And an entire QCA community is joining in.

DeWitt's home team is the sabers.

Represented by purple and gold.

But driving through downtown, you'll notice one more prevalent color popping up.

Pink.

And if one woman gets her wish, you'll see a lot more of it.

"I want the whole town of DeWitt, buildings, roads, windows, pink for a reason, for a purposeful reason, awareness," says Sherry Stauffer.

Take one look at Stauffer and you'll know she's dedicated to a cause. Pink ribbons on her clothes, a dash of pink in her hair, pink displays in the hospital she works in. And now pink spreading through DeWitt.

"I want everybody to feel some kind of bond with someone that understands them or that they can be understood."

You see Sherry has a very emotional connection to this cause of hers. Her sister had the disease. A sister in law is battling it for the third time. And Sherry is an 11 year breast cancer survivor. She says the hardest part is, "Believing that everything is going to be all right."

Which is why she wants the whole town to show it's going to be all right by wearing pink on the 17th.

"When anybody goes through this, you're going to be impressed by the outpouring of support that you get," says seven year breast cancer survivor Pam Hoker.

She works in one of the pharmacies decorating for the cause. Says the pink stirs up happiness.

"It's a wonderful thing for a survivor like myself, it just makes me very joyful."

Happy because the pink raises awareness about the need for mammograms, self checks, and more research. Happy because this community can absorb all those touched by the disease.

"That's what this little town is all about, that's why I wanted to put it out there," says Stauffer.

Uplifting those touched by the disease, one ribbon at a time.

Storefront displays will be judged for their creativity in spreading the breast cancer awareness message.

Stauffer says she wants to see this effort grow each year, and put DeWitt on the map for breast cancer awareness.

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