Grand Ole Opry goes pink for breast cancer awareness - WKRN News 2

Grand Ole Opry goes pink for breast cancer awareness

Posted: Updated: Oct 15, 2010 09:39 PM CDT
The Judds flipped the switch at the "Opry Goes Pink" event, which turned the Opry's barn backdrop from red to pink. The Judds flipped the switch at the "Opry Goes Pink" event, which turned the Opry's barn backdrop from red to pink.
Kimberly Williams-Paisley was a guest announcer at Friday's show. Kimberly Williams-Paisley was a guest announcer at Friday's show.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Grand Ole Opry went pink for a second year in a row to raise money for breast cancer awareness.

Friday night's show was a star studded evening, but the focus was on those battling breast cancer, those who have beat it and the ones who passed.

Country music duo, The Judds flipped the switch at the "Opry Goes Pink" event, which turned the Opry's barn backdrop from red to pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

"This something I can do. It's like Confucius said, ‘It's better to light a candle instead of curse the dark.'And this is serious stuff," country singer Naomi Judd said. 

In addition to an appearance by The Judds, Marty Stuart, Little Jimmy Dickens and Joey + Rory took to the Opry's stage.

 "The music is healing. I've met a couple of girls here tonight who are post surgery," country singer Wynonna Judd told News 2.

Greta Van Susteren and Kimberly Williams-Paisley were guest announcers at Friday's show.

"My husband's Aunt Rita passed away from breast cancer," announcer Williams-Paisley said.  "This is a disease that is so prevalent and its aggravating that we have an answer for so many things but don't have answer to this one."

Lisa Hall, a breast cancer survivor, was honored at Friday's show for her work raising money for breast cancer awareness.

"I work with girls everyday at Harpeth Hall. I hope this is a disease they don't have to worry about in their 20s and 30s. That is why I am involved," Hall said.

 A portion of the proceeds benefited Women Rock for the Cure and the Nashville affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Jensen Sussman of the Women Rock for the Cure said she was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was just 27-years-old.

"A lot of people would think it's a disease that would hit in your 50s, 60s or 70s so events like this really make people aware," Sussman said.

The Women Rock for the Cure has currently raised $50,000 in Nashville.

All of the money raised will stay in area to help fund research, treatment and support for those battling breast cancer. 

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