Atmore goes gold fighting childhood cancer

Mobile County

ATMORE, Ala. (WKRG) — The town of Atmore is turning gold in honor of a young man who lost his battle with cancer.

Just about everyone who lives in Atmore knows who Denver Shuttlesworth was. The 19-year-old battled with cancer for years before losing his fight September 6th.

With September being Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a flower shop in his hometown decided to step up, selling bows to help find a cure.

Joyce Petty said, “We started out thinking we may do 25 or 30 bows.” Petty has owned the Atmore Flower Shop for more than 25 years. In all that time, she says she’s never seen anything quite like this. She said, “We’re well over 200 bows which is a lot of bows to help paint Atmore gold.”

The bows are gold in a show of support for Childhood Cancer Awareness, honoring Denver Shuttlesworth who battled with cancer for several years before losing his fight last Thursday. Petty said, “He’s graduated from school last year. He loved to fish, he loved loved to hunt, and he loved Alabama football.

Petty told News 5 the shop is splitting the money, with five dollars going to the cost of the bow, the other five going directly to St. Jude’s, funding research. She says she never expected so many people to get involved. She said, “Some people come in and say, ‘where are the gold bows?’ People we’ve never seen in the shop, but they wanted to come and make a donation.”

Shuttlesworth’s funeral is in the morning on September 11th. Petty says she plans on keeping her gold bow up for the rest of the month showing support in the fight against childhood cancer.

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