Colorful for several causes

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This week’s edition is colorful for a cause.

The most obvious color is pink in honor of October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Publishing our annual Pink Edition, which is printed on this pink newsprint, is very important to us because this disease touches many lives. You likely have family members, friends, neighbors or someone else in your life that has been impacted by breast cancer.

Besides the pink paper, this edition exudes a message of awareness through several special stories. If you haven’t already done so, please take a few minutes to read the stories on pages 2-3A.

Each year we publish at least one story of a Barnwell County breast cancer survivor. This year we are featuring Snelling resident Amie Sanders who was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer just over one year ago. We hope her story inspires others who may be going through cancer or some other health scare by showing them that faith, hope and love can go a long way in conquering obstacles in life.

There are also stories with tips for newly-diagnosed cancer patients and details on upcoming breast cancer awareness events.

If you are able, we encourage you to donate to the ACS. They do important work that provides awareness as well as research to find new ways to treat those with cancer.

Managing Editor Jonathan Vickery is currently participating in the CSRA Real Men Wear Pink Campaign through the ACS. He has been challenged to raise $1,500 during October.

Visit www.makingstrideswalk.org/realmenaugustaga to contribute online. Please click on Jonathan Vickery’s name to go to his page and donate or you can donate from the homepage and then select Jonathan Vickery’s campaign. Donations can also be brought by The People-Sentinel office or mailed to the American Cancer Society’s Augusta office (2607 Commons Boulevard, Augusta, Ga. 30909). Please earmark the donation for Jonathan Vickery in the memo line of your check so your donation will be applied to his campaign.

Orange is another color highlighted in this edition to help promote awareness for those battling leukemia, including Wren Jansen, the three-year-old daughter of Barnwell native Brandi Jansen.

Cancer is tough for anyone, but even more so when a child is involved. However, Wren is a fighter.

We hope Wren’s story encourages parents, including to trust their gut instinct when they feel something isn’t right. That was the case for Brandi as her instinct led to Wren’s cancer being discovered early.

If you are eligible to do so, we encourage you to donate blood in Wren’s honor this Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at a blood drive at Barnwell First Baptist Church. Donating to fund children’s cancer research would also be a wise decision.

Another color found in this edition is purple as October is also a time to raise awareness for domestic violence.

Far too many women - and men - are injured and even killed as a result of a partner. This hit home earlier this year in Barnwell County with the death of Janice Jamison, who was allegedly killed by her boyfriend.

We encourage you to come to the prayer vigil in memory of Jamison and all other domestic violence victims. It will take place on Friday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. on the Circle in downtown Barnwell. It is sponsored by the Cumbee Center which assists abused women.

Later this month our focus will turn to the color red during Red Ribbon Week. It’s a time to promote drug-free lifestyles to our area’s youth. We will have more on this at the end of October.

No matter the color, we hope you will take some time to observe these important awareness campaigns.

Together we can make a difference, whether it’s donating to fund cancer research or attending the prayer vigil to show domestic violence has no place in our community.