Purple toes are taking over the Internet, all thanks to one very sweet husband who just wanted to cheer up his cancer-stricken wife.
Ralph Kapostins decided to hop in the pedicure chair to get his toenails painted purple, hoping to get a smile from his wife, suffering from Stage IV lung cancer.
The sweet gesture did indeed cheer up Valerie Brosdal -- and started an online sensation. Kapostins' Facebook picture of his tootsies quickly started to spread and before you know it, #PurpleToes was born.
Friends, strangers, dogs, even a horse all sport purple toenails in hundreds of pictures posted so far to raise lung cancer awareness.
The campaign has gone beyond just cheering up Brosdal. Now there is a Purple Toes Campaign as part of the Lung Cancer Foundation, where anyone can post a picture. The movement has inspired at least $12,000 in donations to lung cancer causes as well.