Advocates light up Coney parachute jump to raise awareness for ovarian cancer

Advocates light up Coney parachute jump to raise awareness for ovarian cancer
Photo by Caroline Ourso

It was a teal-ly good day!

Local do-gooders flocked to Coney Island to ring in national ovarian cancer awareness month, spreading the word about the deadly disease at a Cyclones game and lighting the parachute jump teal.

“It was a lot of fun,” said Courtney Donahue-Taleporos, programs manager at Teal — a non-profit that supports victims of ovarian cancer, and raises money for research. “It was a great way to welcome in the month.”

The non-profit began its Aug. 31 festivities at the Cyclones game, where the baseball team awarded Teal’s teen ambassador, Miss Teen New York Kiara Carrion, with the “Winning Woman Award.”

Teal volunteers set up a table at the stadium and spoke to baseball fans about the illness, before the 14-person group headed to the parachute jump, which they lit teal — the official color of ovarian cancer.

“It was beautiful,” Donahue-Taleporos said about the sparkling blue tower.

The event was the first of many to raise awareness about ovarian cancer. On Sept. 7, Teal will host its 11th annual 5K Walk/Run in Prospect Park, and, later that night, Brooklyn Borough Hall will light up with green-blue lights.

And on Sept. 27, City Hall will glow teal to honor the disease’s victims.

September’s festivities come after a busy year for Teal, which recently began offering a new membership program for victims of ovarian cancer, sending them kits containing information, makeup and ice packs for chemotherapy, and personalized birthday surprises.

“We do everything we can to give survivors and families a resource,” Donahue-Taleporos said.

Reach reporter Rose Adams at radams@schnepsmedia.com or by calling (718) 260–8306. Follow her on Twitter @rose_n_adams
Turning teal: The Coney Island parachute drop was lit up in blue lights on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 for national ovarian cancer awareness month.
Photo by Caroline Ourso