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‘Human pink ribbon’ brings people together for cause

Real-life ribbon - Approximately 150 people joined together on the grounds of CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh to form a giant human ribbon Oct. 29. The people were motivated to dress in pink in honor of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Real-life ribbon - Approximately 150 people joined together on the grounds of CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh to form a giant human ribbon Oct. 29. The people were motivated to dress in pink in honor of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Photo by Jeremiah S. Papineau.

— Wearing a pink ribbon to raise awareness of breast cancer is one thing, but gathering more than a hundred people together to form one giant human pink ribbon? That’s new here.

Approximately 150 people clad in pink shirts, hats, scarves and jackets gathered together on the grounds of CVPH Medical Center Oct. 29 as the Clinton County Cancer Services Program promoted October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Organizers Didi Remchuk and Lisa Turner, who serve as a data and case manager and senior public health educator for the program, respectively, said the event was one that turned several heads.

“We decided to do something new and creative in the community to raise awareness about breast cancer and breast cancer screenings in general,” said Turner.

“We were looking for a different way to get people involved and make them aware and we knew this had never been done in Plattsburgh before,” added Remchuk.

The response from those visiting the hospital campus and the amount of people who turned out decked out in pink from head to toe was heartwarming on an otherwise chilly Saturday morning, said Remchuk.

“I’m thrilled with the turnout,” said Remchuk. “I thought the turnout was great for the first time.”

“Even if we only got 20 women to see this and get the message to them to go get their annual mammogram, it’s worth all the time we put into this event,” said Turner.

Rambach’s Bakery even donated 300 pink frosted cupcakes toward the event, with bakers Kristof Hertel and David Allen handing them out one by one.

“We really appreciated that,” said Remchuk.

Besides walking away with a cupcake, Remchuk and Turner wanted people to walk away with one important message.

“If you ignore cancer, it’s not going to go away,” said Remchuk. “Early detection is your best chance to beat it.”

The Clinton County Cancer Services Program offers free cancer screenings for women over the age of 40 who don’t have health insurance. For more information, call 562-7112.

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