The Pink Pumpkin Run is run and organized by a group of women and men who have been directly impacted by breast cancer. Julie Wilk was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. The next year, she decided to start painting pumpkins pink during the month of October to decorate her husband’s dental office. At the time, it was just a way to meaningfully decorate the office and bring awareness to breast cancer. It turned out that patients were touched and moved by the pumpkins and soon they started asking if they could buy one. Within a few years, Erin helped Julie to paint more pumpkins each year and patients at the office could make a donation to the Avon Race for the Cure and then pick a pumpkin to take home. The pumpkins were a huge hit and the next year, they painted enough of them to sell some at Faith and Giggles and Perc Place. In 2013, Sally Jude was diagnosed with breast cancer and during her chemo, a friend had purchased her a pink pumpkin. The pumpkin made it through chemo with her and, once recovered, she began to think about how she could make a difference and get more people involved.
In the fall of 2014, Sally’s friend, Karin Buhle introduced Erin and Sally in the Hartford Business Improvement District office and Pink Pumpkin ideas began flowing. After a couple more introductions and a few lunches, the inaugural run was scheduled for October 3rd, 2015. Farmers were contacted to donate pumpkins to the cause, additional committee members gathered who were interested in the cause, and it was decided that all monies raised would stay local to help those going through what we all knew so well.
And so, the Pink Pumpkin Run was born.
Find out more about the organization by visiting their website. You may also follow them on Facebook.
Rachel Geniesse2020-11-10T13:07:33-06:00November 10th, 2020|Comments Off on Pink Pumpkin Run