October 2, 2019
SHELBY COUNTY, AL
October is breast cancer awareness month, and one Shelby County mom is spreading awareness in a special way. 1600 handmade breast cancer ribbons line the dining room table of Mrs. India Allen.
Each Breast Cancer ribbon crafted and designed by Allen herself.
The project began the project months ago to honor her grandmother’s own fight against the disease...a fight, she lost when Allen was extremely young.
She set out to make and distribute as many ribbons to her community as possible including schools, doctor's offices, and medical facilities designed to care for women's health.
Each ribbon is as unique as its presumed wearer, all built in three shades of pink, and featuring various adornments as a way to encourage women, regardless of whichever stage they're in, to fight with flair.
This isn’t the first time Allen has chosen a labor of love to spread positivity and comfort. “I’ve made ribbons before for various causes including for families in mourning, but never this many at one time,” she said smiling at the camera.
As of today, India Allen’s ribbons have been distributed to the St. Vincent’s East, Princeton Hospital, Camelia Women’s Imaging Center, Oak Mountain Elementary and Indian Springs School with hundreds more to be delivered by October 6th in support of local hairstylist Brandie Patterson’s Third Annual “Cut for the Cure.”
Allen is not the only local creative pouring her gifts into Breast Cancer awareness. Local artist, Yogi Dada is also selling custom accessories, like the ones posted above, to support Breast Cancer awareness. !0% of all sales will benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Fund.