YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Hundreds of local breast cancer survivors celebrated Monday with an afternoon tea.
Nearly 500 women filled Stambaugh Auditorium’s ballroom for the 22nd annual Pink Ribbon Tea.
Members of the Junior Women’s League of Youngstown and other local organizations helped underwrite the event, allowing breast cancer survivors to attend the luncheon for free.
Organizers say the event offers hope to those who have had the disease.
“The one-year survivor can see someone stand up who’s been surviving for 30 or 40 years. It gives them hope, and they’re really encouraged that there is treatment and the treatment works,” said co-chair Patricia Greene.
This year’s Honorary Chairman was Dr. Rashid Abdu, founder of the Breast Cancer Center named in memory of his wife, Joanie, who died of breast cancer.