By Claudia Bellofatto SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — Today marks the first day of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Mayor Ben Walsh showed Syracuse’s support by raising a pink flag today outside of City Hall.
Mayor Walsh told the audience how he was happy to take part in the first-ever flag raising of its kind at City Hall. He told the audience how he has been personally affected by breast cancer too, with the disease affecting members of his own family.
He also spoke about future initiatives that will take place to “celebrate survivors, pay tribute to those lost to the disease, and raise funds to end breast cancer once in for all.” He followed his speech by raising a pink flag,
“I, Ben Walsh, mayor of the city of Syracuse, hereby proclaim the month of October to be breast cancer awareness month for the city of Syracuse.”
Mayor Walsh was joined by members of the American Cancer Society and breast cancer survivors who shared their stories.
One of those survivors recalled the time she first found out of her diagnosis, remembering how important the support she got was after hearing the news:
“There were a dozen pink roses, and a sign that said ‘we win’. And we did win,” she recalled.
Onondaga County sheriff’s deputies are showing their support as well, trading in their gold badges for pink ones all month long.
Nearly 300 badges were purchased by the deputies themselves, raising more than $4,000 to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund, Inc.