For the fourth year Tamarack displays the world's longest pink scarf this month, a visual symbol to promote breast cancer awareness.
According to Marketing Director Cindy Whitlock, this handiwork created by more than 400 women and four men from 29 states, Canada and Puerto Rico now measures 6,060 feet and counting. Work continues on the scarf which organizers hope will reach two miles by Oct. 31. Breast cancer survivors participated in an official ribbon cutting ceremony.
During the month a variety of partners will be at Tamarack to share information. Some businesses and organizations will display portions of the scarf in their locations. WV Susan G. Komen, Crossroads Chevrolet, Beckley ARH, Raleigh Regional Cancer Center, New River Health Association, USPS, Fayette County National Bank and others are among Tamarack's partners for October.
Tamarack also commemorates American Craft Week Oct. 4-13 by displaying this traditional American handcraft made up of crocheted and knitted pieces. To support Breast Cancer Awareness Month, many Tamarack artisans also create special pink ribbon products. Jewelry, candy, apparel, glass, pottery and more are on sale.
Artisans featured will donate to a breast cancer cause individually. Staff will wear pink every Friday in October, and pink sugar cookies will be on sale every Friday in the food court. Skeins of yarn, crochet hooks and knitting needles are available for people who would like to rock and work on the scarf while visiting Tamarack.
Locally, Terri's Tribute continues to work toward two goals: raise awareness of breast cancer via the scarf, and raise money for scholarships for kids who've lost a mom to breast cancer.
For information about the scarf, pink ribbon, WV-made products and other activities, call 88-TAMARACK or visit www.tamarackwv.com