Pink wrapped cotton brightens cancer awareness

(Source: Christy Chandler)
(Source: Christy Chandler)

SENATH, MO (KAIT) - A Senath farmer is adding a pop of color to cotton fields this October.

Jason Chandler is decorating cotton modules with pink wrap in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

"I just can't believe the impact that it's had," Chandler said.

He and a friend came up with the concept last year.

"He said, 'Wouldn't that be neat if they could make that in pink?' And we just had the idea to go from there," Chandler said.

This idea transformed into 15 pink cotton modules along Highway 412.

"We're lucky to get this much, but I'd like to see all of them around here be that color," Chandler said.

He said with so much support from the community, that should happen.

"I haven't had one person tell me that they wouldn't pay a little bit extra for this color of it," Chandler said.

His goal is to remind people the disease can really affect anyone.

"I know in our small community there's a lot of people," Chandler said.

His sister was one of these people.

"It was very hard. I lost my sister three years ago," Chandler said.

The pink cotton travelers see is for her. Misty Edmonston was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was just 29 years old and passed away four years later.

"You just don't know what they go through until you go through it yourself," Chandler said.

"Misty was the middle child and she loved being the middle child," Jason's mother Christy Chandler said. "The three of them have always been really close."

"She was very strong. This would be right up her alley. She'd be out here probably the whole time," Chandler said.

"Misty would love it because what we're doing is trying to help other people, other women that have breast cancer," Christy said.

Since she passed away, this year is the first time the family has been able to publicly talk about their loss and spread awareness.

"As long as just someone sees it and at least pays attention to it, hopefully that will turn into bigger and better things and find something to take care of this," Chandler said.

But until there's a cure, there's 15 colorful reminders and a beautiful memory of a sister, a daughter, a wife and a mother.

The family recently started a breast cancer foundation in her honor, Misty's Mission.

It has already helped several families in the area, but Chandler said he hopes the pink cotton will be a way to help even more.

Misty's Mission will hold its next event, a breast cancer awareness walk, Saturday Oct. 26 at 7:45 a.m. at the Senath Women's Club.

For more information about Misty's Mission, visit the foundation's Facebook page.

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