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Human ribbon brings breast cancer awareness

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Many are familiar with the classic pink ribbon. But Saturday, that ribbon took human form. Every year the Clinton County Cancer Services Program hosts about 200 community members wear anything pink and take shape to look like a massive breast cancer ribbon. Jean Spinner and her co-worker Tracy come every year to be part of the crowd.

"I look forward to even people I don't know but I remember their faces year to year I enjoy seeing new people, they're bringing their friends. It just seems to get bigger and bigger every year," said Spinner.

The Cancer Services Program offers free screenings for mammograms, clinical breast exams, pap tests, pelvic exams and colorectal cancer screenings. Women 40 and older without health insurance and men 50 and older without health insurance are eligible for the free service.

"We need to educate the women, breast cancer can be caught early with mammograms. They're giving people that information who come through here today, maybe they will tell somebody to get their mammogram," said Spinner.

"Everything from taking the picture to seeing people wear pink, it's just such a great feeling to see people come together to support people they don't even know that have it. Someday it could be me and I would hope people are out there supporting programs as well," said event photographer, Holly Plumadore.

Organizers say this event is not only to bring awareness but advise the public to get cancer screenings to identify breast cancer in its early stages. And for guests not wearing pink, like 11-year old Alec Hemm, being a support still means everything to this community.

"My mom had cancer and it was very sad, but I'm happy because everyone is here with their care givers," said Hemm.

Standing side by side to help save lives from breast cancer.

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