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Month ends, not awareness

October 30, 2012
By JANICE R. KIASKI - Community editor ( , The Herald-Star

Just because Breast Cancer Awareness Month is drawing to a close, that's no reason for the awareness to end with October's passing.

Gals should remember to conduct self-exams and have their screenings.

The Women In Action Against Cancer Coalition held its 16th-annual Ohio Mammography Day wreath ceremony Oct. 17 at the Fort Steuben Mall, and the pictures you see here are from that, with the exception of the top photo.

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Jefferson County commissioner Tom Graham sang at the ceremony; Judy Manfred, center, chairman of the Women In Action Against Cancer Coalition served as master of ceremonies; and the Edison High School a capella choir performed under the direction of Dani Carroll.

The event included a survivor's story by retired educator Donna Minor; selections by Edison High School's a capella choir under the direction of Dani Carroll; proclamations from the county and city by Commissioner Tom Graham and Mayor Domenick Mucci, respectively; the presentation of roses to survivors by Grace Abernethy, a three-time survivor herself; and an overview of WIAACC by Mary McElhaney, coalition member and breast cancer survivor.

Coalition Chairman Judy Manfred served as master of ceremonies and presented pink boxing glove awards during a "Champions Ceremony" in honor of those who have elevated WIAACC from its initial education and support offerings to also being a provider of breast and cervical cancer screenings, diagnosis and treatment.

Those recipients were Scott Bornyk, Rick Diequez, Carlene Horner, Riesbeck's, Hess Corp. and Pamela Shoemaker Foundation members Sandy Gotschall and Alice Gotschall.

For information about WIAACC, contact Manfred at (740) 264-7210. For information about services, call (740) 282-5676.

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