Pink and Teal Ribbons in Newburgh Promote Cancer Awareness

On Saturday, August 30, 2014,  Newburgh Enlarged City School District Physical Education Teacher Elissa Dickinson, along with the help of her NECSD colleagues, family and friends, partnered with a nation-wide campaign, “Turn the Towns Teal”, to promote ovarian cancer awareness and its symptoms here in the Hudson Valley.

In May 2009, Dickinson was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at Stage 1. According to Dickinson, she was lucky enough to be diagnosed at such an early stage, as the symptoms for ovarian cancer mimic many other gastrointestinal disorders.

Since her diagnosis, she has worked diligently to promote the symptoms of the disease in her community. Recently, Dickinson and her supporters joined together on a sunny summer afternoon to garnish NECSD buildings with teal ribbons and bows which represent the cause. She is hopeful that by raising awareness about the often silent disease, ovarian cancer cases will be found earlier with better results for patients.

Symptoms include abdominal pain, lower back pain, need to urinate frequently, feeling full quickly after eating or constantly being very tired. Dickinson stressed the importance of requesting further testing aside from annual visits if you have any of these symptoms.

During their stop at New Windsor School, Dickinson and NECSD colleagues Michelle Delgado and Sheila Manning, paid a special tribute to colleague and friend Barbara Butrick, who passed away earlier this year from breast cancer, by intertwining pink ribbon with the teal ribbon. Butrick was an avid supporter of Dickinson’s “Turn the Towns Teal” efforts over the last several years.

In addition the support from her colleagues, friends and family, Dickinson expressed gratitude to Adams Fairacre Farms in Newburgh for tying the bows together for the event. 

Click the link to learn more about “Turn the Towns Teal

Article by Kerry Butrick, Media Relations Specialist for Newburgh Enlarged City School District