Published Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Group completes apron project for breast cancer awareness

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Alice McKnight Ramsey was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. It was during that time of cancer treatment surrounded by family, friends and her medical team the term The Pink Posse was coined.

From that point on Alice and her Pink Posse recognized a need to help cancer patients the community. Ramsey was inspired by her mother, Ms. Totsie Mcknight, when she said “Alice, you can’t change the world, but you can take care of your little corner.”

Since that conversation with her mother, Alice Ramsey has changed her little corner of the world and works passionately to increase breast cancer awareness both in her career with Delta Airlines, and in her community. Ramsey gives credit to her original Pink Posse and her growing community of family and friends for The Pink Posse Foundation and the money raised to help local cancer patients and their families.

The Pink Posse Foundation provides financial assistance for utility bills while cancer patients are undergoing treatment in the fight against cancer.

The first fundraiser took place in September of 2006 at the Ramseys’ home in Brooks. The first Pink Posse Annual Walk had 72 participants, including four survivors. The proceeds went to benefit seven families in the Fayette & Coweta areas. It was a huge success raising $1,900. By the following year, there were 150 participants and $4,000 was raised. In 2008, the donations totaled $6,000.

Over the course of 2011 and 2012, The Pink Posse Annual Walk raised more than $33,000. The Pink Posse Foundation has been able to help 125 families since 2006 and that number will continue to grow.

In 2012, The Senoia Variety Club, inspired by Ms. Totsie McKnight, honored founders by sewing aprons to raise funds for The Pink Posse Foundation. The Club was organized in 1949 as “The Sewing Club” by 12 young ladies who wanted to do something worthwhile for charities that served the local community. Each member was required to make an apron to sell in the country store at the Annual Community Halloween Carnival in Senoia. In 1952, as lifestyles and membership changed, the name of the organization was changed to the Senoia Variety Club because they did a variety of projects.

Sixty-three years after the founding of “The Sewing Club,” members met at the Haralson United Methodist Church social hall with sewing machines, ironing boards, and sewing kits to complete 26 aprons for sale at the annual Pink Posse Walk 2012, contributing $1,250 to the Foundation from the sale of the aprons.

The aprons were made of pink ribbon fabric representing the trademark ribbon for breast cancer awareness. The aprons were sold primarily to Delta flight attendants, supporting the Pink Posse Walk and were approved to be worn by the flights attendants on Delta flights in October, which is officially Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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