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Group kicks off ovarian-cancer-awareness activities by tagging trees teal

Walkin’ it off: Cancer survivors, including Channel 7 News’s Stacey Sager, middle bottom, turned out for the group Teal’s ovarian cancer walk and run in Prospect Park.
Photo by Georgine Benvenuto

Call them blue-green things!

Do-gooders will turn hundreds of Kings County trees teal on Aug. 20 to kick off a series of events in honor of ovarian-cancer-awareness month in September.

“Everything in Brooklyn is turning teal!” said Pamela Esposito-Avery, co-founder of Windsor Terrace’s Teal Ovarian Cancer Community Center.

The organization will dispatch volunteers to Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, as well as to Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Heights, to decorate trunks with teal ribbons to spread word of the deadly illness as part of a campaign supported by neighborhood business owners, many of whom will distribute literature and host fund-raisers to amplify the group’s efforts, according to Esposito-Avery.

The bow-tieing bash begins a slew of similar activities across Brooklyn over the coming weeks, which include a special Sept. 1 Brooklyn Cyclones game against the evil Staten Island Yankees in Coney Island, where the iconic Parachute Jump will blaze teal that evening.

Borough Hall will also be lit teal that day — and keep its new hue for the week leading up to the Sept. 8 5k walk-run in Prospect Park hosted by the do-good group, which will unfold for its 10th year and is expected to draw up to 5,000 participants, whose donations will help meet the community center’s $250,000 fund-raising goal, Esposito-Avery said.

Locals who want to volunteer for any teal festivities can call the center at (917) 310–4835 or e-mail info@tealwalk.org.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.

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