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OCO Creates Human Pink Ribbon

Written by: John DeRousie. Custom Marketing Solutions

FULTON, NY – Oswego County Opportunities’ Cancer Services Program Partnership (CSPP) wrapped up their Breast Cancer Awareness month activities by creating the second ever human pink ribbon in Oswego County.  Approximately 100 people, dressed in pink, gathered in the parking lot of the Central Square Wal-Mart store parking lot to form the breast cancer awareness ribbon.

“It was great,” said Coordinator of OCO’s CSPP, Carolyn Handville.  “We were very pleased with the turnout.  I’m happy to have accomplished our goals again this year by raising awareness for breast cancer, forming our second annual human pink ribbon, and more importantly, enrolling 41 new uninsured community members into the Cancer Services Program and providing free cancer screenings to over 107 community members in October alone! ”

Nearly 100 community members gathered in the parking lot of the Central Square Wal-Mart parking lot, dressed in pink, to raise awareness of breast cancer.  The group formed a human pink ribbon in recognition of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Oswego County Opportunities’ Cancer Services Program Partnership coordinated the event.
Nearly 100 community members gathered in the parking lot of the Central Square Wal-Mart parking lot, dressed in pink, to raise awareness of breast cancer. The group formed a human pink ribbon in recognition of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Oswego County Opportunities’ Cancer Services Program Partnership coordinated the event.

Throughout the month of October the CSPP was busy spreading the word about the free mammograms and other cancer screenings that the program offers to uninsured and under-insured Oswego County residents. “We partnered with several hair salons, Kinney Drugs in Fulton, Wal-Mart in Central Square and the IGA in Hannibal throughout the month.  Each of these partners agreed to distribute program information, along with some free gifts that displayed our program phone number, to their customers throughout the month. Our combined efforts to raise breast cancer awareness in our county and educate our community on the available services offered through the Cancer Services Program did, and will continue, to save lives in our community,” stated Handville.

With all of the extra promotions in October, Handville said that she wondered, “Is the community sick of hearing about our program? Is there too much pink? But I realized that there isn’t enough pink when every 69 seconds somewhere in the world a woman dies of breast cancer.  There isn’t enough pink when almost 500,000 women and men die of this disease every year.  There isn’t enough pink when women everywhere are too afraid or ashamed to get screened or do not have the money to pay for it and are not sure where to turn for help.”

According to the American Cancer Society, 13 Oswego County residents are diagnosed with cancer weekly, Handville stated. “How many of those people are uninsured?  Do they know that the Cancer Services Program of Oswego County offers free cancer screenings to uninsured community members 40 years of age and older?”

Although Breast Cancer Awareness Month has passed, the partnership continues providing free breast, cervical and colon cancer screenings to uninsured community members aged 40+.  “We are currently scheduling appointments for November and December.  Our partnership will be adding more screening days to accommodate the increasing need for our services during this difficult economic time throughout 2012.  Regardless of anyone’s socioeconomic status, everyone should obtain their annual, preventative, health care screenings, stated Handville.”

For more information on the many cancer screenings available from the CSPP, or to make an appointment, contact Handville at 342-0888 ext. 1455.  Don’t wait, early detection saves lives.

OCO, Inc is a private, non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966 and touches the lives of more than 20,000 people annually. OCO, Inc is a United Way of Greater Oswego County member agency. For more information visit the website at www.oco.org. OCO’s Cancer Services Program Partnership consists of 21 Provider offices throughout the county. The partnership works diligently together providing quality breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings to our uninsured community members. To learn more about the partnership, call 315-342-0888 ext 1455.