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Brooklynites spread awareness of Ovarian Cancer with teal ribbons • Brooklyn Paper

Brooklynites spread awareness of Ovarian Cancer with teal ribbons

Courtney Donahue, programs manager at TEAL, an ovarian cancer foundation, ties a ribbon around a tree on Fifth Avenue in Park Slope.
Photo by Paul Frangipane

It was a teal-y good time!

A group of do-gooders took to the streets of Brooklyn on Wednesday to tie teal-colored ribbons around trees in an effort to raise awareness about ovarian cancer. 

Marking the start of National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, staff and volunteers with the non-profit Tell Every Amazing Lady About Ovarian Cancer tied the ribbons, passed out flyers, hung posters — which will help those struggling with the disease find support, said one survivor. 

“It just brought me so much happiness to know that there was an organization bringing awareness to this,” said Brooklynite Rosanna Logozzo, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 25. “I didn’t have any support at that time because a lot of people with ovarian cancer are older people, so I felt like I couldn’t relate to anybody.”

Members of Tell Every Amazing Lady decorated trees along Fifth Avenue in Park Slope with teal ribbons. Photo by Paul Frangipane

The organization flooded Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Heights, and Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill — bringing with them their signature color and their passionate determination to spread the word. 

“I always try to encourage other people I know that are fighting ovarian cancer to talk to them,” said Logozzo. “It’s just nice to know that there is always support out there, especially when you feel all alone.” 

The annual ribbon tying event became ever-more important this year, as the organization’s beloved TEAL Walk was called off due to the pandemic — although they’ve reimagined the event for the age of social distancing, having people walk and run from anywhere and upload pictures to their website.  

In addition to the now-virtual fundraising walk, the organization will light Brooklyn Borough Hall with teal lights each night between Sep. 7 and 12, further promoting awareness of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. 

Check out all of TEAL’s upcoming events on their website.

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