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Pink Pumpkins Turning Heads While Raising Awareness

By Laura Bannon
By lbannon@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. - Pumpkin Patches in West Tennessee are getting into the Halloween spirit as well in the spirit to raise awareness for breast cancer.

Tommy Doyle has farmed for many years and says this was an interesting experiment and something he never thought he would have in his garden.

Doyle currently farms at Browns Church Road in Northeast Madison County.

"It's been trial and error," Doyle said. "The first time I planted the seeds and two-thirds of the plants didn't make it so I had to replant and now we've got some pink pumpkins that are starting to come along."

Along with it being pumpkin season, it's also Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation provided the hybrid seeds for a fun and unique way to raise money.

Doyle says the company sent the seeds for free with only one request, that $0.75 of proceeds on each pumpkin be donated to the cause.

Doyle explained that they wanted to give all sales made on the pumpkins to Breast Cancer Research.

"It was trial and error, most of the plants didn't make it the first time," Doyle said. "The second time it did a little better, but next year we plan on doing a whole lot better."

Breast Cancer impacted Doyle's family and said he wanted to try something different this October in hopes to influence others to help with the cause.

"If everybody could do a little it turns into a great big idea and a lot of money is raised, a lot of research is done and maybe one day we can stop breast cancer together."

The Pink Pumpkins are a fundraiser put on by the City of Jackson Police Department Relay for Life team. They plan to set up at different locations in the area to sell the pink pumpkins in the coming weeks.
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