Pink is in Our Heart

October is a special month in my heart. During this month, as it is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, our communities come together to help bring resources to those whose lives have been impacted by cancer. See pages 81-89 for a complete listing of events to support the fight against this terrible disease and read the personal accounts of four strong and amazing women who share their experience from diagnosis to “survivor.”  

SMTO presents our sixth annual “Covers for a Cause” event October 1 at Freeman Hospital West from 9 am-5:30 pm. For $15 per print, you can get your “pink on,” have your photo taken and bring home your very own cover image ready for framing. The first 25 guests with a print purchase will receive a t-shirt and a $5 gift card from Panera, and all guests can sample Panera’s Pink Ribbon Bagels. All proceeds benefit the Hope 4 You Breast Cancer Foundation. See our Facebook page for more information!

Keeping our community healthy is not an easy task, but when you have heart no task is too big. We have featured over 30 doctors in our “Meet the Doctors” section who deliver the highest quality healthcare in our region. In addition, we have featured nine healthcare volunteers (five young healthcare volunteers are on our cover) who dedicate time in their life making a difference in the lives of patients and families in our region. We are honored to highlight these dedicated individuals and thank them for all the work they do to keep us healthy or mend us back into health. We appreciate you!

Sunday, October 4, is the 26th Annual Winefeast from 2:30 to 5 pm at Hotel Joplin & Conference Center. This is Ozarks Public Television’s biggest fundraiser of the year, offering a variety of wine sampling, fine cuisine provided by local restaurants, a silent auction, good music and great company. Ozarks Public Television’s mission is to educate, inform and enlighten the people in our area by providing educational programming and community outreach. Let’s support them for all they do for our community! 

October is also packed with fun and activities from community festivals, parades, corn mazes, crafts, live entertainment, spooky Halloween fun and so much more. There is so much “heart” put into planning the activities that we look forward to each year. Thank you to all the volunteers and community professionals that gather together to make this possible. Flip through our pages and explore all the fun to be had right here at home!

Pink is in our heart everywhere we turn, and definitely in every page you flip. 

SMTO wishes you all a very safe and fun Halloween!


Show Me the Ozarks Magazine
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Joplin, Missouri 64803



Lee Radcliff

Editor/ Publisher