Herrin Hospital once again kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness month with the fourth annual Pink Out Herrin balloon release and remembrance in the hospital's Healing Garden on Monday, Oct. 3.

Kathy Cerutti, an integral part of the joint effort between the City of Herrin, Chamber of Commerce and the hospital, said she was inspired to "do something" after her best friend's mother lost her life to breast cancer a few years ago. That loss, coupled with community support, led to the creation of Pink Out Herrin, complete with pink lights and banners adorning several businesses in the community.

Among the women honored Monday was Herrin Hospital's own Teresa Maxwell. An RN in ICU, Teresa recently completed radiation treatment. After an opening prayer and words from hospital and city leaders, a bell tolled as names of those who lost their battle with the disease were announced. The ceremony culminated in a balloon release.

— Photos by Rosslind Rice

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