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sur­vivor and sup­port group mem­ber. “She [Brown] said, ‘this is a mo­ment in the his­tory of your life and we’re not go­ing to add or sub­tract.’”

Goff helped hang the por­traits on Tues­day and will fin­ish hang­ing the re­main­der to­day. She said mer­chants had been very re­cep­tive to cre­at­ing beau­ti­ful dis­plays fes­tooned with pink, the of­fi­cial color of breast can­cer aware­ness ef­forts.

The aux­il­iary board’s kick­off to Breast Can­cer Aware­ness month is set for Thurs­day at the Por­traits of Hope re­cep­tion sched­uled for 7 p.m. at the New­ton County His­toric Court­house.

Goff said the re­cep­tion was so well at­tended last year, the board de­cided to move it to a larger venue so even more could at­tend this year.

“Breast can­cer not only af­fects the pa­tient,” Goff said, “but every­one who loves them as well.”

At­lanta choir “Shades of Pink” — com­prised of singers who also are all breast can­cer sur­vivors—will give a per­for­mance as the high­light of the evening.

“When they walk in that room, they take it over,” Goff said. “It’ll bring you to your knees.”

Goff en­cour­aged all aux­il­iary board mem­bers to at­tend the re­cep­tion and af­ter­ward to walk around the square to view the por­traits and read the in­di­vid­ual sto­ries about each woman’s per­sonal bat­tle with breast can­cer.

“This is a brave thing they do,” Goff said. “They put a very pri­vate thing in their life out for the pub­lic to see, just to bring aware­ness to breast can­cer.”

Con­nie Waller, di­rec­tor of Keep Cov­ing­ton/New­ton Beau­ti­ful, is one of the 36 women fea­tured this year.

“That’s one of the lists I’d rather not be on,” Waller said, “but if I had to be on a list, I’d rather be on the sur­vivor list.”

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