The Grand Ole Opry has a tradition of turning their stage pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. Friday night (Oct. 26), Carrie Underwood did the honors by flipping the oversized switch to light up the stage.
“Every time I get to step out on the Opry stage is an honor, but tonight was extra special. When I flipped that switch and saw the Opry barn light up pink, it was just overwhelming and powerful knowing what the night meant for so many women,” said Carrie. “It was so beautiful to see so many survivors in the audience and backstage, and to be able to celebrate them and their fight.”
Joining Carrie for the special night was actress and breast cancer survivor Rita Wilson, who made her Grand Ole Opry debut Tuesday night, comedian and breast cancer survivor Karen Mills, Ronnie Milsap, Riders in the Sky and breast cancer survivor and singer Anita Cochran, who kicked off the evening by cutting the pink ribbon and leading a pink carpet walk into the Grand Ole Opry House.
This is Carrie’s second time flipping the switch. The “Cry Pretty” singer did the honors at the inaugural Opry Goes Pink event in 2009.
Following the flipping of the switch, Anita Cochran, best known for her No. 1 hit “What If I Said” with Steve Wariner, performed a song she was inspired to write during her cancer battle called “Fight Like a Girl.” She addressed the crowd speaking of her fight and how she thought she’d never get to play the Opry stage again.
“We have fighters and survivors in this audience. But everyday we all fight a battle and we all have to keep fighting everyday to fight whatever battle that is to get through this wonderful thing called life that we get to live. And tonight standing on this circle, a year ago I thought there might be a chance I’d never get to play the Opry because I was diagnosed with triple positive cancer. Tonight I’m being told that I’m cancer free,” she told the crowd.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which ignites an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease that so many people are battling.