By Brandi Underwood
Hues of soft, cuddly pink yarn totaling more than 6,000 feet long and counting are currently strung from the circular hallways in Tamarack. Terri’s Tribute Scarf, the longest pink scarf in the world, is a striking visual symbol of love, inspiration and hope for all breast cancer patients and survivors.
As October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a special ribbon cutting ceremony to honor the cause will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Tamarack.
Breast cancer patients and survivors are invited to the event to share their stories, as well as anyone and everyone wanting to catch a glimpse of the world-record scarf and take part in the community awareness event. The public is encouraged to contribute to the scarf’s construction, as skeins of pink yarn, crochet hooks and knitting needles are available for people who would like to fill a rocking chair and work on the scarf while visiting Tamarack. Organizers hope the scarf will reach the 2-mile mark by Oct. 31.
Beckley ARH will help sponsor the ceremony, and Oak Hill antique car aficionado Charlie Rogers will park his pink 1960 Dodge at the front entrance of Tamarack for visitors to gaze at upon their arrival.
Locally, Terri’s Tribute continues to work toward two goals: raising awareness of breast cancer through the scarf display, and raising money for scholarships for kids who have lost their mother to breast cancer.
The organization was formed in January 2010 as a call to action after Terri Lynne Massey pass-ed away Oct. 29, 2009, at age 39, after a four-year battle against breast cancer. She left behind a loving family and an inspired community. Their annual blood drive is set this year for Oct. 26 at Oak Hill Tabernacle Church.
For more information about the scarf and how to contribute to its continuing growth, call 1-88-TAMARACK.
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