Photos by Matt Lasley | GC News-GazetteWhile several of the pink ribbons recognize a person or persons, many include words of encouragement, such as this one, which reads "Hope, Faith, Love, Believe."

Photos by Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

While several of the pink ribbons recognize a person or persons, many include words of encouragement, such as this one, which reads "Hope, Faith, Love, Believe."

Grayson County High School DECA took to Leitchfield Public Square on Saturday for a project to promote breast cancer awareness in Grayson County.

Members of the DECA public relations team hung 300 pink ribbons in the trees on the courthouse square in an effort to show support to those who have battled breast cancer and to also spread awareness among women to be mindful of their health.

DECA's project is an offshoot of last week's Think Pink 5K, an event held in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and, according to DECA adviser Brittany Gary, the idea for the ribbons themselves came from a vacation she and her family took to San Juan, Puerto Rico.

While visiting a San Juan government building, they saw a tree, which represents life, with ribbons hung from it, and they wanted to do the same in Grayson County in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, as well as in honor of the personal connections Grayson County DECA chapter members have with loved ones who have been diagnosed breast cancer.

After receiving approval to place the ribbons on the square from county government, DECA members, led by Evan Hayse and Eli Helm, asked Think Pink 5K participants and GCHS marketing students to fill out a pink ribbon with an encouraging quote, favorite Biblical verse, or message honoring a loved one who survived or lost the battle with breast cancer.

While the project is an effort to show support for those who have battled breast cancer, Gary and DECA members hope it will also serve as a reminder to women to get their routine mammograms and perform self-checks on a regular basis.