Ribbons symbolize Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 05, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS

TRI-STATE - Volunteers dressed up in downtowns across the Tri-State area Thursday morning, tying pink ribbons to trees and parking meters.

The pink bows are meant to raise breast cancer awareness, the executive director of Breast Cancer Awareness-Cumberland Valley said Thursday afternoon.

Joan Fell said about 15 volunteers put up 600 bows in Hagerstown, Funkstown, Williamsport, Boonsboro, Sharpsburg, Smithsburg, Clear Spring, Hancock, Greencastle, Pa., Waynesboro, Pa., and Brunswick, Md., she said.

The pink-ribbon awareness program started about 10 years ago, but this is the first year it has expanded beyond Washington County, Fell said.


The pink bows will stay up until tonight, when volunteers will return to take them down, she said.

Fell doesn't want the bows up too long so they don't cause problems for the communities, she said.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the pink-bow campaign is only the first of many other events, she said.

Restaurants in Washington County have featured awareness placemats, and the annual Step 'n' Stride at Hagerstown Community College on Oct. 20 will raise money for local programs to help women undergoing treatment.

"We help make their journey through treatment hopefully a little easier for them," Fell said.

Anyone with questions about upcoming events can call Breast Cancer Awareness-Cumberland Valley at 301-791-5843.

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