Since October is breast cancer awareness month, the Grand Ole Opry annually lights the Opry barn pink one night of the month in a fundraising effort and partners with Women Rock For The Cure in the fight against breast cancer.
Each year, a giant switch is pulled, and to help kick off the event, Kelsea Ballerini shared the honors with 8-year old breast cancer survivor Chrissy. Being the youngest woman diagnosed with the disease, Chrissy is now cancer-free, and was celebrated onstage alongside her parents, both of whom are cancer survivors themselves, and older sister.
Trisha Yearwood, who lost her own mother to breast cancer in 2011, was also present and has been an active advocate for research for years. Turning to Chrissy, the Yearwood asked, “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?"
And what song would that be? Yearwood elaborated, “There's a song that I have that we released a few years ago and it's really just 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, 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 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 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.