Judy Mason, an ABC accredited* fitter, owner, and manger of Color Me Pink opened the boutique in 2007. Judy had lost several family members and friends to cancer. She had seen what they had gone through and wanted to find a way to make the road easier for others. "My husband had been pushing me for a while to get in and start this business myself," she said. "We had been through several Bible studies and one was about 'if you want to walk on water, you have to get out of the boat.' I thought about it and told my husband, 'I'm ready to get out of the boat.'" She started with a small boutique on Russell Parkway and eventually moved to a larger location on Margie Drive. Her customers say what makes her place different is the personal attention and the women-only setting she offers.
Soon Judy quickly realized she was not only bringing each of these women into the boutique, she was also bringing them into her heart. Although she was helping them feel good about how they looked on the outside, she also wanted to help them on the inside, too.
Shortly after opening the store, Judy started a support group. This group meets the third Thursday of every month, with a program and a speaker. In addition, she started a casserole program that encourages people to donate food for patients going through treatment. These people going through treatments are so appreciative when receiving one of the homemade casseroles.
More recently, Judy started Georgia Cancer Friends Foundation, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. The mission of the organization is to help individuals and families deal with the consequences of a cancer diagnosis by providing, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and financial support and resources in their time of need.
A few years ago, The Cancer Serenity Garden was developed by Judy. This garden, located on Russell Parkway at the main post office, offers a place to sit and meditate while looking at the beautiful flowers and peaceful fountain. Bricks with a loved one's name can be ordered and placed in the garden by contacting Judy at Color Me Pink.
--article adapted and revised from Macon Telegraph 2010