Pink, as my good friend Mr. Google tells me is any of the colors between bluish red (purple) and red, and any varying shades in between. Remembering the time when I was a little girl, pink has always been a favorite color of mine especially on cotton candies, marshmallows, and scramble (yum!).
Fuchsia, on the other hand – oh well, I’ve always thought this word is quite a mouthful – is a vivid reddish or pinkish purple color (synonymous to magenta), and is named after the flower of the fuchsia plant. For most Pinoys, this color has always been associated with a joke from our famous ex-president known for his wit, and unfound humor (oops!). Yep, saying it and spelling it, seems quite a bit of a challenge…”uhm, sige na nga, pink na lang.” :-)
So…what about a pink run?
Last 21st of October, I joined the 10k distance of The Pink Run 2012 held in Mckinley, Bonifacio Global City. Prior to this date, a friend has invited me to join. But since I haven’t been actively joining races for quite a while, or even running to train (I jog sometimes), I just shrugged it off as another race event worthy of a good cause that I won’t be able to join.
But a fateful week before the actual race, I got a text message saying that a friend has died of the Big C –breast cancer. I was shocked and saddened. Here is a 28-year-old woman, a wife, with two kids, suddenly succumbing to this dreaded disease. And she has fought the battle for only a little less or more than a year. What a loss… :-(
Suddenly, joining the Pink Run became more personal. I ran fuchsia (or pink rather) – proudly wearing my original Team Powerpuff Boys singlet – with my good friend in mind (praying for her soul and family). I ran fuschia, for another’s friend’s mom who’s been acquainted with this disease. I ran fuschia to somehow give a part of me, on the many women (or men) who’s fighting this breast cancer. It is minuscule –spending an hour running and contributing a few. But somehow, it brought me unexplainable peace and joy that I hope, my friend and her family may also have.
“It may not be your color, but this is also your fight.” – Pink Run