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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

PHOTOS: 5th annual Seymour Pink Day

SEYMOUR >> The 5th annual Seymour Pink Day was staged throughout town Wednesday, where dozens of businesses and residents painted the town pink. Bunches of pink balloons danced in front of storefronts, across the Bank Street Bridge and at every cash register at Super Stop & Shop on Franklin Street. Pink pumpkins, emblazoned with the word "survivor" were spotted, as was First Selectman Kurt Miller sporting a pink tie for the occasion. The tie Miller purchased supports the Susan Komen Foundation.

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The Teddy Bear Tree House daycare center on South Main Street was wrapped up in a giant pink bow, and pink banners remembering the names of breast cancer survivors, along with those who lost their battle to the disease, flew high atop poles along Derby Avenue, Main Street and others areas of town. A floral shop downtown, Dragonflies, had its front window decked out with a small pink Christmas tree, while inside the quaint shop, dozens of pink ribbons decorated the walls. Haynes Construction Co. marked the day by placing a giant pink banner on a massive cement wall at the entrance of its facility on Cedar Street, for all commuters on nearby Route 8 to see.
The day's events culminated with a celebration at Hot Tamale's Mexican Bar & Grill, where giveaways, raffles and other fun activities took place. Seymour Pink Founder Mary Deming, who began the grassroots organization in 2009 after losing her own mother to breast cancer, was thrilled with another successful event. Deming, however, one day hopes that breast cancer is only something that lives in the history books. To date, Seymour Pink has raised more than $500,000 for breast cancer research. Money is used to help victims and their families.

"Seymour Pink is a statement to those who are fighting and we are fighting with them," Deming said.

(Photos and text by New Haven Register Correspondent Jean Falbo-Sosnovich)

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