Pink pumpkins helping fund breast cancer research

Growing gords for a cause

CREATED Oct 2, 2012 - UPDATED: Oct 2, 2012

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ROLLING PRAIRIE - October is a time for fantastic fall colors, hay rides and pumpkin picking, but you won't find just your average orange ones at Waldvogel's Farm.

"They look a lot different out here compared to the orange ones obviously," Phil Waldvogel tells TODAY'S TMJ4's Jesse Ritka.

That's because some of Waldvogel's pumpkins are pink this year.  "They are a little different, very unique.  They're a little different color pink," he says.  Waldvogel goes on to explain how the pumpkins will become pinker the longer they stay on the vine and mature.  "It's the first year, it's a learning process, every pumpkin is different and we're learning more about them as we go along," Waldvogel says.

But the light pink, or salmon color, isn't a mistake or a result of the drought.  The pink pumpkins are being grown to raise money for breast cancer research.  "It sounded like a really good idea, right at the time of the year, October being Breast Cancer Awareness month and well, let's face it, it's the right thing to do," explains Waldvogel.

He had to buy special squash-pumpkin crossbreed seeds from the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation to grow the uniquely colored pumpkins.  The foundation has a partnership with several pumpkin growers nationwide who have agreed to give a percentage of the pink pumpkin proceeds to organizations involved in breast cancer research.

They hope to see more pink pumpkins outside this year, "It's not a pumpkin you're going to take home and carve, but it's a pumpkin you're going to sit on your porch to show your stance against breast cancer and your support for research," says Waldvogel.

And despite having no family history of the disease, the Waldvogels couldn't resist growing the light pink pumpkins for the cause.  "We have a lot of families that come out and I know somebody, somewhere is certainly affected by this.  The sooner we find a cure for it, the better everyone'll be," says Waldvogel.

Just this one little pumpkin may make supporting Breast Cancer Awareness month easier than pumpkin pie.