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Positively Pink Day raises money and awareness

Posted: April 11, 2015 - 11:08pm
Eddy and Lisa Sanderlin (from left), Judy Sanderlin and Abby Sanderlin Peoples hold a photo of Alicia at  the 2014 Positively Pink Day.  The event will return on April 18 in honor of the Sanderlins and breast cancer awareness.  Special photo by Tera Williams Photography
Special photo by Tera Williams Photography
Eddy and Lisa Sanderlin (from left), Judy Sanderlin and Abby Sanderlin Peoples hold a photo of Alicia at the 2014 Positively Pink Day. The event will return on April 18 in honor of the Sanderlins and breast cancer awareness.

One local nursery is hoping to bring awareness of breast cancer during its fourth annual Positively Pink Day.

Located on Scotts Ferry Road in Appling, Sanderlin’s Greenhouses will host the event on April 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event is in memory of Alicia Sanderlin Rodgers and in honor of Abby Sanderlin Peoples.

Alicia was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 38.

Six years later, the disease took her life. Peoples would later have a double mastectomy after testing positive for the BRCA gene which indicated that she had an increased chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer. The disease has hit the Sanderlin family hard and they are determined to do all that they can help raise money for breast cancer research. In that vein, they decided to organize the Positively Pink Day fundraiser that was started in 2012.

Positively Pink Day will include a yard sale, basket raffles and food vendors. Grilled hotdogs and hamburgers and barbecue will be available for purchase. A portion of the nursery’s proceeds from plant sales for the day will be added to the amount donated.

The Sanderlins are accepting donated items for the yard sale and will continue to do so up until the day of the event.

Last year, an estimated 200 people turned out for Positively Pink Day, with nearly $2,500 raised in the one-day fundraising event.

“I know that what we raise in the grand scheme of things is a little bit, but I feel like I’m helping,” said Judy Sanderlin, owner of the Sanderlin’s Greenhouses and mother of Rodgers and Peoples. “We will always do it.”

For more information about Positively Pink Day or to find out how you can help, call (706) 541-1865.

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