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Out & About: Westmoreland Walks paints Twin Lakes Park pink

Shirley McMarlin

Riffing on an old Rod Stewart song, Westmoreland Walks chose “Every Ribbon Tells a Story” for the theme of its 18th annual Pink Ribbon Walk, held Oct. 5 in Twin Lakes Park.

The ribbon symbolized Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, and the walk raises funds for the grassroots organization that supports breast cancer research and assists patients and their families experiencing hardships because of the disease through services and scholarships.

Carol Davis of Greensburg was someone with a story to tell, having completed her last chemotherapy treatment on Sept. 25. Davis said her cancer was “diagnosed” by the sniffing of her daughter’s dog.

“I made a joke and said, ‘I probably have cancer,’ ” she said. When a friend’s dog repeated the sniffing routine soon after, Davis did a self-examination, found a lump and sought treatment for her aggressive metaplastic breast cancer.

She had another reason for attending her first Pink Ribbon Walk: her grandson Gage Redinger plays in the Greensburg Salem drumline, which provides walkers with their marching beat.

The walk included survivor stories, information and treats for participants, such as pink ribbon-shaped cookies from Ligonier Giant Eagle.

Westmoreland Walks board members are Kathy Brown, Cricket Rizzo, Rose Buric, Connie Tamewitz, Debbie Weinstein, Elizabeth Alcorn, Rebecca Hazy, Wendy Lint, Cindy Shaffer and Kim Yagla.

Seen: Jennifer Pensinger, executive director of the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition, along with Bill Brown, Cheryl McMullen, Pam Stablein, Debbie Sarault, Sheila Farina, Carrie Horner, Dr. Sharon Goldstein, Kasie Schaar, Tammy Naugle, Kayla Wilhelm, Kim and Craig Margonari, Ari Margonari, Danny Margonari, Dylan Margonari, Kathryn King and Jason, Amanda, Ryleigh and Harlow Hempel.

Survivors and others still in the battle are invited to send their stories to Westmoreland Walks during October by using Facebook Messenger.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .


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Certified therapy dogs, "Giada" and "Emmy", owned by Maria Johnston, of Greensburg, share an ice cream cone during the 18th annual Pink Ribbon Walk, hosted by Westmoreland Walks, held at Twin Lakes Park in Unity Township on Saturday morning, October 5, 2019.
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Survivors take the Island Stage Oct. 5 for “The Fight Song” during the 18th annual Pink Ribbon Walk, hosted by Westmoreland Walks, held at Twin Lakes Park in Unity.
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A group of Westmoreland Walks board members gather for a photo during the 18th annual Pink Ribbon Walk, hosted by Westmoreland Walks, held at Twin Lakes Park in Unity Township on Saturday morning, October 5, 2019.
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(from left), Teri Koricich, of Greensburg, shares a kiss with her daughter, Adilyn, 3, both survivors, during the 18th annual Pink Ribbon Walk, hosted by Westmoreland Walks, held at Twin Lakes Park in Unity Township on Saturday morning, October 5, 2019.
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(from left), Stella Pensinger, 4, joins her mother, Jennifer Pensinger, PA Breast Cancer Coalition executive director, for a walk during the 18th annual Pink Ribbon Walk, hosted by Westmoreland Walks, held at Twin Lakes Park in Unity Township on Saturday morning, October 5, 2019.
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(from left), Gary Alcorn, of Greensburg, walks in honor of his fiancee, Cookie Nicholas, of Greensburg, a 15-year breast cancer survivor, and also in memory of his wife, Paula Alcorn, during the 18th annual Pink Ribbon Walk, hosted by Westmoreland Walks, held at Twin Lakes Park in Unity Township on Saturday morning, October 5, 2019.
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(from left), Alex Salyers, of Pittsburgh, Tammy Naugle, of Champion, breast cancer survivor, Darlene Salyers, of Mill Run, and Diane Tzan, of Connellsville, gather for a photo during the 18th annual Pink Ribbon Walk, hosted by Westmoreland Walks, held at Twin Lakes Park in Unity Township on Saturday morning, October 5, 2019.
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The ”Jody Davis Girls” team members (from left) Adine Davis of Derry, Sandy Nicodem of Johnstown, Candice Withrow of North Huntingdon, and Samantha Wallace of Derry.
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