The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

October 9, 2010

Public invited to join UPJ ‘ribbon’

Arlene Johns
ajohns@tribdem.com

— While it may not break the world record, a human pink ribbon to be created Oct. 17 on the Pitt-Johnstown campus will no doubt be the largest in our region.

The event will be held at 4:30 p.m. at the university’s soccer field.

Lacey Slavich of Windber Research Institute said everyone is invited to participate.

“We are really encouraging anyone to come out to it,” Slavich said. “Businesses, schools, sports teams. Anyone from the community.

“If we get a large enough number of people, we might look at some record books to see if we can break a record.”

 Although there is no cost to take part, donations will be accepted and will benefit WRI’s endowment fund to support breast cancer research.

The event is also being held to call attention to the disease.

“We want to make people aware of breast cancer and especially this month to make people aware of early detection – because that’s what saves lives.

“We’re trying to make a difference,” Slavich said.

Although participants are invited to wear pink or white, it is not necessary.

Each person will be given a pink piece of paper that will be held up for a photo to be taken at 5 p.m.

The pink ribbon will be mapped out beforehand to simplify the process, Slavich said.

The photos will be available for sale and for publicity purposes and a copy will be displayed at the research institute.

Pre-registration is encouraged and can be done by logging on to www.wriwindber.org. Registrations also will be taken just prior to the event.

Slavich said the human pink ribbon will be created rain or shine.

“Breast cancer doesn’t come or go depending on the weather,” she said.

For additional information, call Slavich at 361-6971.