Breast cancer survivors, supporters gather to form human ribbon

Community members and breast cancer survivors were invited to help promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month by creating a human pink ribbon on Friday.

Posted: Oct 4, 2019 5:48 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – Community members and breast cancer survivors were invited to help promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month by creating a human pink ribbon on Friday.

This is the fifth year for the event, which took place at Murnane Baseball Field in Utica, N.Y. Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) organized the human ribbon, and arranged for an aerial photo to be taken.

Survivors were invited to bring friends and family to show support and take part in the gathering, which has grown from 85 to 275 participants over the years.

“Cancer is no longer…or at least breast cancer is no longer taboo to talk about. You know somebody that's either family, friend, community member, and I just think it's just everybody has a strong connection, a strong emotional connection to breast cancer, and I think somebody's going to be there for you as a friend,” said Nancy Butcher, executive director of cancer services at MVHS.

This event is sponsored by the Mohawk Valley Health System Cancer Center, the American Cancer Society and Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri.

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