Painting Walls Pink: Non-Profit Helps Ease Loss of Loved One

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Updated: Fri, 27 Sep 2013 10:13:28 EST

For 8-year-old Emma Clare Gunnoe Friday evening was an overwhelming experience. Walking into her newly remodeled bedroom, television cameras capturing the moment.

The changes are easy to see, but hard to describe with Pink walls, new furniture, repaired ceiling, and a mounted TV.

"pretty ... room ... beautiful," Emma Clare said, still clinging onto her father Dion.

Emma Clare's mother Joy lost a four year battle with breast cancer in March. The Gunnoes were adopted by non-profit group United In Pink soon after Joy Gunnoe's diagnosis. The group, comprised mostly of breast cancer survivors, works to support families dealing with breast cancer any way it can, whether it be sending kids to summer camp, buying groceries, or remaking a bedroom.

"With United in Pink, and the volunteers they have, that have come forward, and in the past with the camps and stuff, they do more stuff than you can think of, there is endless possibilities," said Dion Gunnoe.

United In Pink Executive Director Laura Paxton says this is the group's first room makeover. The project took more than 100 hours and $10,000 to complete but Paxton says it was well worth it.

"To know that your making a difference in someone's life, you can't put a price tag on that ... We kind of live by this stance that you do what you wish someone would do for you," Paxton said.

Paxton says Emma Clare has been through a lot. Serving as a caretaker for her ailing mother, Emma Clare slept in the living room with her for the past four years.

"She's going to open those doors and begin to start a new journey in her life as an 8-year-old, and not be a care giver now, but to be a little girl and just share all that she's learned over these past four years and bless many others through what she's been through," Paxton said.

Paxton says United In Pink serves more than 70 families in 14 counties in Middle Georgia. To learn more about the group you can visit

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