The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


October 3, 2012

Readers' Forum 10-3 | Making Strides event making a difference

— “I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything else seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” – Actress Audrey Hepburn

Like Hepburn, I, too, believe in pink. Pink is a powerful color. But more than that, it’s a powerful tool in raising awareness about breast cancer.

This month, pink water will flow through local fountains. The Steelers will add pink accents to their uniforms. The White House and Empire State Building will be lit in pink.

“Rivers of pink” will flow through neighborhoods as thousands of breast cancer survivors walk in a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k event. Our team, The Gift of G.A.B., will be part of that pink river, walking on Oct. 20 in Bedford with Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

Funds raised will:

* Help people stay well through education.

* Help people get well through free programs and services.

* Fund research to better understand, prevent and cure cancer.

* Work with legislators to advocate for all women to have access to mammograms and treatment.

The progress being made because of Making Strides is remarkable, but more walkers means more awareness, more money for research and more survivors to celebrate more birthdays. Please consider becoming part of the fight against this disease, which has touched so many.

For more information, contact me or go to

Elizabeth Tressler


Cunsolo and Arcadia: Thanks for memories

Regarding Saturday’s In the Spotlight story about the retirement of Frank Cunsolo: How do you say thank you to someone who has given so many years of entertainment enjoyment to the surrounding communities?

Thanks for the memories. For the generosity. For all of the many orignal acts, the idles of rock ’n’ roll brought to Windber, that people could see without traveling to Las Vegas or Pittsburght. For the oldies groups we grew up with, saw on TV but never thought we would see at the Arcadia Theater.

Thank you, Frank, for letting us feel like we were 16-18 years old for almost two hours watching those shows. No one will ever match what you have done. Enjoy your retirement with your family.

The Arcadia will never be the same without you. Frank Cunsolo: An icon of Windber.

Debbie Clemente

Richland Township

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