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City of Wink Invites Public to Tie a Ribbon to Fight Cancer

by Justin Kree
NewsWest 9

WINK - The town of Wink is hopeful one day there will be a cure for cancer. Every year, a tree is decorated with pink ribbons, a memorial for the living and the deceased who were affected by the disease. Organizer Jesse Moya started the program in his hometown after cancer hit his family hard.

"I've lost both parents, a brother and two sisters. I've decided to do this program here to get the community involved," Memorial Organizer, Jesse Moya, said.

This is the fifth year for the Memorial Ribbon Tree. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month but Moya started the program to fight all cancers. The idea for the tree just came to him one day.

"I thought what would be a good idea to get people involved hands-on. The reason I decided to do the ribbons is because it gives individuals a great opportunity to memorialize someone," Moya said.

Moya does all the artwork for the program and all donations go to the West Texas Gifts of Hope.

Wink City Secretary Tonya Todd was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. The small community of Wink is standing behind her.

"I felt like I needed a lot of prayers to come my way. I have had a lot of support from my family, my co-workers and this small community," Todd said.

The Wink volleyball girls recently honored her at one of their home games.

"I received some flowers and a candle and my two children were able to attend that. I can't express enough how that type of support can feed you to think that, OK, we're going to get through this," Todd said.

The town may be small but they have each others back.

"Wink is very supportive in just about any cause we find," Moya said.

This memorial will continue throughout the month of October.
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