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Town fights to dye fountain pink

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The fountain in Ninety Six now flows pink. (Oct. 22, 2012/FOX Carolina) The fountain in Ninety Six now flows pink. (Oct. 22, 2012/FOX Carolina)
NINETY SIX, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Residents of an Upstate town wanted to see a pink fountain, but wondered why the mayor tried to prevent it.

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness month, fountains across the area were "dyed" pink except for one - the fountain in downtown Ninety Six. Arvest Turner, the mayor of Ninety Six, said it's not that he did not want to support Breast Cancer Awareness month, but he didn't want to ruin the fountain.

"We didn't want to jeopardize those rocks. The fountain is very expensive to operate," said Turner.

Turner said to show support, he and town council member wore pink shirts.

"We actually are touched within council as one of our own council member's wives just went through double mastectomy," said Turner.

SLIDESHOW: Town's fountain turns pink

But when the fountain didn't turn pink, many took to social media and the town's Facebook page to speak up.  The town turned to Greenwood's mayor, who shared a special dye specifically for fountains.

"Thanks to Mayor Thomas right in Greenwood, we have a pink fountain and I have to say it looks good," said Turner.

A crowd gathered at the recently dyed fountain Monday night to pray for unity, sing songs to honor those who are no longer here.

"We've all been struck with cancer at some point, either friend or family," said Gayle Ostrowski, the fountain prayer organizer.

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