Wear purple event to show support for Guthrie

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – WKBN 27 News will be organizing a “Wear Purple for Don Day” to celebrate Meteorologist Don Guthrie’s 44th year of being a broadcaster for WKBN and show support for him in his battle against pancreatic cancer.

On Monday, July 21, WKBN is asking the community to wear purple, the official color of pancreatic cancer awareness, in support of Guthrie. Guthrie’s children have crafted the special purple ribbon with the letters “DG” seen in the photo above for WKBN staff.

“Don is our longest-tenured employee and an iconic figure in Youngstown broadcasting, but more than that, he is just a great guy,” said WKBN President and GM Dave Coy. “It’s very touching to know that he has such a connection with so many local viewers. What a fitting tribute and a great way for us all to show our support for Don.”

Viewers can submit photos using WKBN.com’s “Report It” feature, or share them on social media with the #Purple4Don hashtag. To submit a photo from a mobile device, click here.

Monday, during WKBN 27 First News at 6PM, there will be a special update on Guthrie’s fight, and the First News team will break down the impact pancreatic cancer has on our Valley.

“The outpouring of support for Don has been heartwarming,” said WKBN 27 News Director Mitch Davis. “Viewers have sent hundreds of get-well cards, emails and care packages.  That shows how many people Don and his forecasts have touched.”

Don Guthrie passed this message along to those who have expressed support for him:

To the WKBN Viewing Audience:

We want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for the incredible outpouring of love and support over these past few months.  As you can imagine, this a very difficult time for us, but the cards, letters, book, pictures, and gifts we have received have given us strength on this very difficult journey.  We especially appreciate all the prayers.  Just knowing how very many people are keeping us in their prayers has kept us going.  We are absolutely overwhelmed by all the affection and concern that you have showered on us.  We feel as if we are wrapped in love.  To say thank you seems inadequate.  We are so grateful to all of you and we feel blessed to have so many wonderful friends. 

Sincere thanks,

Don and Debbie Guthrie

Amanda and Russ Frederick

Kristy Guthrie

Dave Guthrie

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