The pink sky seen Saturday morning was much like the life of Krista Brewer — a brief, but beautiful ray of sunshine.

“I walked out into the street and it was as pink as could be,” said Krista’s father, Justin Brewer. “And then, it was just gone like that.”

One year and two days after Krista Brewer lost her battle to cancer, her family stood outside to enjoy the sunshine prior to the second annual Krista’s Hustle, held in the 11-year-old girl’s honor.

Together her parents, Justin and Janice Brewer, and sister, Shelby Brewer, arrived early Saturday morning at the Home Grown Hero Walking Trail to prepare for the event.

But as they arrived at the trail, the Brewers paused to look up at a bright pink sky.

Pink was 11-year-old Krista’s favorite color. She also used to draw sunshines while she was sick, which is why the color pink and a sunshine symbol are used as the logo for the Krista Erin Brewer “Sunshine” Foundation (KEBSF) and memorial scholarship.

Krista’s Hustle began at 8:30 a.m. with about 140 people present to participate in the two-mile walk.

According to Krista’s mother, Janice Brewer, the event is held to celebrate Krista’s life and serve as a fund raiser for KEBSF. The foundation is a non-profit charitable organization founded to honor the memory of Krista.

In a former interview with the Register, Janice Brewer said KEBSF’s mission statement is “to award graduating high school seniors from the surrounding area, a scholarship to help give them that extra incentive to continue a course of higher education.”

The first scholarship should be awarded some time in 2010. Both Justin and Janice Brewer said they hope to be able to give a scholarship to a graduating senior from every high school in Cooke County.

All proceeds raised from Krista’s Hustle will go towards the scholarship. The foundation will also host other fund raising events including a golf tournament, softball tournament and bass tournament to be held on future dates.

Following the walk, participants were treated to a breakfast provided by the Gainesville Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Although the exact figure of how much money the event raised was not known at press time, Janice Brewer said she was more than pleased with the turnout.

“It’s so good to see everyone who came out,” she said. “This is just another way to promote the foundation and to keep Krista’s name alive.”

To learn more about KEBSF, the memorial scholarship and upcoming events, visit www.kebsf.org.

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