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Turn the town teal raises cancer awareness

EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. (NEWS10) - Drivers traveling through a local town may notice a whole lot of teal ribbons adorning schools, parks, homes, and businesses.

Community members and student-athletes from East Greenbush set out at 6 a.m. Friday morning to turn the town teal.

You can't drive throughout the town without spotting a teal ribbon. It's all part of a national campaign to raise awareness for ovarian cancer.

“I'm hoping that one-day teal will be out there as much as breast cancer,” Mary Signorelli, battling ovarian cancer, said.

Signorelli is one of the main reasons behind this local effort.  She was diagnosed back in September 2016.

"I have the gene, my mother had the gene, my aunt has the gene but my kids don't, thank god."

She too can often be found running through town. The avid runner has done a marathon in all 50 states. Even cancer can't stop her.

"After I was done with chemo we went out to Kentucky and I ran a half marathon out there. I went into this one town near my daughter's house and they had teal ribbons everywhere and that's where we learned about turn the town teal."

She says the earlier the diagnosis, the better the prognosis. The symptoms are often very subtle.

“A lot of times by the time you find out you have ovarian cancer you have stage three or four because it's so hard to test for it and that's what we want to get out there."


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