It started as a dream Judi Grove, Director of Breast Impressions Foundation had in February, 2011. As a recipient of the 2010 Tulsey Award for Civic Entrepreneur because of her breast cancer nonprofit work, she felt she should be doing more for all women affected by any form of cancer. So many times while sharing her work with breast cancer fundraising, she had been approached by local women who shared “no one does anything about my cancer”, then shared they suffered from ovarian, cervical, uterine, brain, or colon, etc. On February 2, 2011, she dreamed she was walking in downtown Tulsa toward the BOK Tower, dressed in a pig wig, tutu, and pulling a wagon. People were pouring out of the downtown businesses, and following her. She looked down at the pavement, and the black asphalt suddenly turned Pink! She looked up and the BOK Tower was Pink. She sat straight up in bed, woke her husband, and told him she knew that she was to Turn Tulsa Pink – not just for breast cancer, but for ALL men, women and children affected by any form of cancer! PINK is the color of Passion and Love – not just a particular cancer ribbon color. We do not focus on ribbons, because cancer ribbons can divide cancer fighters – and cancer fighters need to unite in their communities and their communities need to help them in any way they can. No one cancer is any more devastating than another if it happens to you or someone you love! Did you know the latest statistics say that 1 in 3 people will get some type of cancer during their lifetime? We want to be the source you contact first when diagnosed, and help you or those you love find the help you need.
Judi shared the vision with the Tulsa Community, and within months hundreds of caring Tulsan’s got on the Pink Band Wagon.
City leaders, businesses, organizations, schools and churches went PINK and the initial year was beyond any expectations! Tulsa’s emergency vehicles went pink, as well as area business vehicles and even a PINK City Bus!
As of December, 2013 nearly $250,000 has been raised through events and sponsorships. All funds stayed LOCAL! No one at Turn Tulsa Pink receives a salary, and less than 5% of all funds raised fund administrative costs – printing, etc. Turn Tulsa Pink has spread to surrounding communities and now there is a Turn Broken Arrow Pink, Turn Bixby Pink, Turn Owasso Pink, Turn Jenks Pink, Turn Collinsville Pink, Turn Sperry Pink, and Turn Drumright Pink. Turn Tulsa Pink and it’s chapters are a Project of Breast Impressions Foundation.