Friday, October 22, 2010

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

 My 7-year-old son came home from school yesterday wearing a pink ribbon made of construction paper...I asked what it meant and he said his teacher had cancer last year. He stumbled a little over the word, not because of embarrassment, but because he hadn't really heard it before. Today (Friday) they dismissed 2 hours early because of teacher/parent conferences, and I got to talk to his teacher a little. When I walked in her classroom I noticed a BEAUTIFUL bouquet of pink roses and asked what the occasion was. She told me she was a breast cancer survivor, had had surgery, chemo, etc and that it is now a year since...the bouquet was from the school staff. Her hair is coming back and she seems fine. Since we are newcomers to this private school, I did not know her background. I just thought her hair was very short because that was her preference! She said it was very scary for a while, not knowing if she would survive or not...all the classes walked down the street from the school Thursday to the Pioneer Woman Monument to see Pink Firetrucks! David's teacher got to sign it...The Pioneer Woman wore a large pink ribbon draped over her shoulder for the day.

Here are some photos from the Ponca City News article about the occasion.

" PINK HEALS TOUR firefighter, Josh Baker, is one of the drivers traveling the U.S. to raise awareness about the need to support women affected by cancer. The fighterfighters, clad in pink turn-out gear and tanks will bring their pink fire trucks to Ponca City's Pioneer Woman from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21. Baker says the pink trucks are 'basically a rolling monument to those who have suffered the battle.' " 
(from Ponca City news article)

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