WARREN - Teresa Yeager's pink feather boa smartly complemented the top of Paul Brady's head and beard, painted and dyed the same rosy hue.
Yeager, nearly outfitted top to bottom in the color that's universally known to promote breast cancer awareness and a 19-month survivor herself, joined hundreds of others - almost to a person, each wearing something pink - Saturday morning to further advance cancer awareness for prevention, diagnosis and survivorship at Trumbull Memorial Hospital's 8th annual Pink Ribbon Run / Walk. It was put on by the TMH Health Woman Program.
Yeager came with a group of six people, including Brady, some family members and friends and two dogs to participate in the 1-mile event she walked in last year, too, while still undergoing treatment.
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Teresa Yeager and her friend Paul Brady, both from Nelson, took part in the 1 mile walk Saturday at the Trumbull Memorial Hospital Pink Ribbon Run / Walk in Warren. Yeager is a 19-month breast cancer survivor.
She said she remembers the morale boost she got from seeing others then and hoped to do the same for someone this year.
''I got so much out of it,'' said Yeager of Nelson, who received her cancer treatment at TMH. ''So I came back and I hope to come back next year.''
The event, with a 1 mile or 5K course that began at the bridge of TMH on East Market Street and took the runners and walkers through a nearby residential neighborhood, had at least 400 participants. Part of the goal is to also promote health and fitness.
Ethel Wheatley and her friend, Dave Rouse, both of Bristol, walked in the 1 mile event for the second year in a row, too.
Wheatley, her hair dyed pink, said she is a breast cancer survivor of 2 and a half years. And like Yeager, she received her treatment at TMH.
Participating again, Wheatley said, ''is a great feeling,'' and a way to provide awareness for breast cancer, which took her niece. Cancer also took her sister, Wheatley said.
John Walsh, TMH chief executive officer, said the Pink Ribbon Run / Walk also helps to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October and ''to support those who have gone through the struggle, so it's a victory run for them.''
Raelynn Collins of Mineral Ridge said she ran in the event for the first time Saturday to support her boyfriend's grandmother, who is a breast cancer survivor.
''I definitely glad I came, it was a good feeling,'' she said.
Finishing the course shortly after Collins was Dee Banks of Youngstown, who said her mother, Virginia Newell, has been a breast cancer survivor for nearly 30 years. Newell was diagnosed in 1985, Banks said.
''She was stage 2, so you can make it,'' said Banks.