The Inspiration for Evening of Pink
The word cancer, even today, with all our advances in the field of medicine is one that instils fear deep within us. It strikes at random, stealing away friends and loved ones. It ravages us, leaving pain and loss in its wake.
The idea for the Evening of Pink came about as the result of loss. The loss of a beautiful young woman to the Monster of Breast Cancer; Marianna was 34 years of age and left behind a 16 year old daughter. Out of the loss however arose inspiration. Monica Peacock was inspired to do something to help make a difference in the fight against breast cancer. Part of the problem, as she saw it, stemmed from a lack of awareness in young people regarding the threat of breast cancer. Monica believed the best way to increase youth awareness was to get them actively involved. Thus, the Evening of Pink came into being.
There are now anywhere from 25 - 30 young men and women involved in the dinner with 2009 marking the five year anniversary. It has become a true community event with all funds raised staying within Prince George.
There are three main goals for the dinner:
- Raise youth awareness about breast cancer
- Increase community awareness, get them involved
- Raise funds for equipment purchases at The University Hospital of Northern B.C., Prince George
The evening itself is a night of Celebrations and Memories, sharing laughter,tears, smiles, and hugs. Decked out in black and pink the theme of the evening is "To Fly Again." Representative of this theme are the butterfly and ribbon. As Monica puts it:
once we are challenged with illness, death or injury - whether we are a patient, husband, daughter, family member, friend or co-worker we all have To Fly Again.