North Florida Regional Decorates Lawn With Pink Flamingos
GAINESVILLE-- They are lawn ornaments turned markers of defiance.
On the eve of Breast Cancer Awareness Month... hundreds of plastic pink flamingos have been planted along the grounds of North Florida Regional Medical Center.
The volunteers who placed them there have some very personal reasons for doing so.
"It's a celebration of life for me and my family."
Paula Marcus of Gainesville celebrates her ten year anniversary being cancer free.
She and five other women-- and a flock of friends-- came out to North Florida Regional in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
"We have more and more and more survivors, and our doctors learn more every day. And it's my job, I feel, to reach behind me and pull the woman up who's right in back of me in line," said Marcus.
The month of October serves as a reminder to women all over the country the importance of mammograms, self-examinations, and simply supporting each other…
"If you have had it, I think you can do an unusually stronger statement about 'things can get better, just hold on', you know, 'we'll be there with you', that sort of thing," said breast cancer survivor, Florence VanArnam.
500 flamingos have been placed along Newberry Road. Each of them represents the women who have been treated here at North Florida Regional in the past two years."
The pink flamingos were chosen because of their bright color and their "stand" against breast cancer.
Florence VanArnam of Gainesville is also a survivor.
She says an early diagnosis can make the difference.
"So many times they say 'I don't wanna know, I might find out'. That isn't what it's all about. You need to find out and get it treated."
The women setting up the flamingos say they serve as a reminder of all the survivors who have battled alongside with them.
This is the fourth year North Florida Regional Medical Center puts up the pink flamingos.
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