Cotton modules go pink
Pink wrapped cotton modules have caused a lot of excitement this past week, after they first appeared along Highway 412 in the field of Senath farmer Jason Chandler.
Chandler went to great pains to locate the pink plastic wrap for his cotton modules to honor his sister Misty Edmonston, who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2010, and to raise awareness of the disease. A large hand painted pink breast cancer awareness ribbon was placed on the 15 cotton modules near the busy highway corridor.
"I asked my friend Mike Bieber if anyone made pink plastic wrap to cover modules, as I thought that would be a good idea of something that might stand out in a field and bring attention to all those people dealing with breast cancer," Chandler said. "We worked with Legacy Equipment in Kennett to find a supplier who might produce the pink wrap. Mike found it at Tama Corp in Florida, but it was actually made in Israel. I ordered it and was so pleased at how it looked out in the field. The pink breast cancer ribbon just added the touch I was looking for."
"I hope that something can be worked out next year to add a portion to the purchase cost, with the extra to go as a donation to support breast cancer," Chandler said. "The pink bales have created more interest than I would have ever dreamed, as people drive up here from all around Missouri and Arkansas to have their photos taken by the bales."
The Chandler family has formed a non-profit foundation called "Misty's Mission" which holds fundraisers to help those who are battling breast cancer.
"Misty was a person who had a tender heart and helped a lot of people, when she saw a need," Chandler said. "She was a very strong person and would want us to do something for people dealing with breast cancer. This idea would have been right up her alley."
Brandon Crump of Monette used some of Chandler's pink plastic wrap to cover two modules from the Savanah Stewart farm on Highway 139 north of Monette. Miss Stewart is a breast cancer survivor.
"I thought this would mean so much to Savanah and her family, as they are well known and loved in this area," Crump said. "I just wanted to do something for her to show my support and let her know how much I admire her."
"Kima and I were just thrilled that Brandon did that for Savanah," said Clay Stewart, owner of Childress Gin. "We are supporters of breast cancer and juvenile diabetes foundation groups. After Brandon's modules were brought here to the gin we were so surprised to see so many people drive up here and take photos. We decided to move them to Kiech-Shauver-Miller Gin in Monette for display, as Heather Nance works there and is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer, and it would allow easier access for people wanting to drop by and see them. This is a positive way to get the message out about supporting breast cancer treatment and research."
Several friends and supporters of Heather Nance have dropped by to have her pose with them in front of the pink bales with the large ribbon painted on the end.
"This means so much to me and my family," Nance said. "Just the smallest things can be so uplifting. We have had fantastic support and love from our friends and family and it never ceases to surprise me at what people come up with to lift our spirits."
Chandler has left the pink modules in the field now for over a week, but they are due to be picked up at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, by Dalton Gin.
Camille Edmonston, daughter of Justin and Misty Edmonston, of Senath, and cousins Morgan and Lily Chandler, of Hornersville, and Dylan and Dawson Stewart, of Monette, took the opportunity to climb on top of on of the pink bales in Senath and have a family keepsake photo taken. Heather Nance, her husband Shawn and children Aiden and Wriley did the same thing.