Hope for Heather turns Minoa pizza shop teal for ovarian cancer awareness

CHITTENANGO, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Sept. 1 marks a month-long effort to raise awareness for ovarian cancer.

In Central New York, Hope for Heather is already adding to its everyday awareness mission by turning a Minoa pizza place teal.

Gathering at Trappers II in Minoa, members of Hope for Heather's Men of Teal campaign helped raise funds for the group's awareness, education and support services.

Each year, Hope for Heather selects 30 men in the CNY community to be part of the campaign in which they raise ovarian cancer awareness in their own circles of friends, family and co-workers.

This year's Men of Teal also includes NewsChannel 9 reporter Sean Martinelli and photojournalist Eddie Jones.

Each man will hand out symptom cards and teal ribbons, the awareness color for ovarian cancer, all in an effort to educate more women about the silent killer.

Ovarian cancer symptoms include bloating, severe pelvic or abdominal pain, trouble eating or feeling full quickly, and feeling an urgency to urinate.

Hope for Heather is holding a number of awareness events including the 9th annual Teal Ribbon Run in Minoa. The 5k run and walk is set for Sept. 23.

Dozens of volunteers will also be at all 13 days of the NYS Fair where they once again plan to hand out more than 50,000 teal ribbons and symptom cards to fairgoers.

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