East Greenbush to "turn the town teal"


EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. - Schools, parks, homes and businesses in East Greenbush are looking to turn the town teal on Friday, August 10 as part of a national campaign to raise awareness of ovarian cancer.

The local effort is a joint project between Columbia High School Athletics, East Greenbush Central School District and the Town of East Greenbush.

Each year, 20,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and it is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Turn the Towns Teal is meant to promote awareness of ovarian cancer and its often subtle symptoms.

Students, coaches, parents and town employees will drive in a caravan around town, placing the teal ribbons at various locations.

Donations will also be accepted at participating locations and benefit Caring Together, an ovarian cancer support, education and awareness group located in the Capital Region.

Columbia High School Athletics has contributed more than $25,000 to Caring Together through its participation in the annual Teal Ribbon Run/Walk held every September.

"This is a win-win situation," Columbia Athletic Director Michael Leonard said at an announcement back in May. "We teach our kids about giving back to the community and we bring funds in for Caring Together."

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