Franklin goes pink: Social Services, Parks & Rec. hold joint event for cancer survivors

Published 12:37 pm Saturday, November 4, 2017

On Oct. 28, the Franklin’s Department of Social Services and Department of Parks and Recreation came together on a joint partnership for the inaugural “Franklin City Goes Pink” event, held at Armory Drive Recreational Park.

The event featured a one-mile walk held in honor of not only breast cancer survivors, but also all cancer warriors, survivors and departed within the city and nationwide. Over 100 individuals including many women, men and children showed up wearing pink colors or a specialized Speak Life T-shirt that identified with cancer or through their organization to show support for this event.

The event opened up with the Franklin High School drum line marching onto the football field and playing a series of drum beating songs. Tonya Skinner, who is a Zumba instructor, led participants in an in-depth series of Zumba warm-Up.

As the walk began, the participants walked a minimum of four laps around Armory Park’s football field. Timara Britt, a Social Services employee and fighter since 2016, was present at the event. In her own words, she addressed the participants, stating that she has been unable to leave the house for a month and half and this was the first time that she has been out in public. She inspired many with her journey.

Another employee of Social Services, Gloria Wiggins, was among many other survivors also shared their victorious stories with the participants. In conclusion, of the event the participants heard many other touching comments from fighters, survivors, and family members.

Alice Adoga of Social Services and Sammara Bailey of Parks and Recreation were the organizers of the event and delivered closing remarks. The event ended in a prayer.