Kesea Ballerini did the honors of flipping the switch at the Grand Ole Opry, turning the Opry barn pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
The Opry partnered with Women Rock For The Cure in the fight against breast cancer Tuesday night (Oct. 24) with its ninth annual “Opry Goes Pink” show. To help Kelsea pull the oversized switch was special guest, ten-year-old cancer survivor Chrissy.
Chrissy, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of of eight—the youngest person ever to be diagnosed with breast cancer—is now cancer-free and was introduced by Trisha Yearwood as this year’s Women Rock for the Cure “Opry Goes Pink” honorary survivor, symbolizing individual battles being won against the disease. Chrissy took the stage stage with her older sister and parents, both of whom are also cancer survivors.
Photo By Chris Hollo / Grand Ole Opry
Photo by Chris Hollo/Grand Ole Opry
“I’m going to ask if I could sing a song and dedicate it to you. Would that be cool, if I sang a song for you?” Trisha asked. “Thank you guys, it’s brave of you to be here and you’re all an inspiration. Your whole family is an inspiration.
“There’s a song that I have that we released a few years ago and it’s really just a a song about strength and it’s about power and it has kind of taken on a life of it’s own in the last three years for kind of that inspirational song about cancer,” Trisha continued. “I lost my mom to breast cancer so it’s a very near and dear to me cause. What I love about this song is that it’s about being strong. It’s about, ‘you got this.’ This is not a sad song and you [Chrissy] are just the poster child for ‘we got this.’ So Chrissy, I’m going to dedicate this song to you, it’s called ‘Prizefighter.'”
Additional performances of the night included LANCO, who made their Opry debut, Easton Corbin, Charles Esten, Runaway June, and Connie Smith. The Opry is donating $5 from each ticket sold to Women Rock For The Cure.