Pink pumpkins for breast cancer survivors

BATH, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - Residents of a local nursing home are giving back to breast cancer survivors in the community. 

Steuben Center residents painted pumpkins pink on Thursday morning to show their support.

 

Usually, volunteers come in during holidays to bring gifts, but a staffer says they learned that the residents wanted to give back themselves because it gives them a sense of purpose and self-worth.

About 30 pumpkins were painted in total and will be given to breast cancer survivors in the surrounding community like Bath, Hammondsport, and other areas.

"Breast cancer is important to us because a lot of our residents here have gone through breast cancer in their life at some point in time," Activities Director Megan Allington said. "We thought it would be a little bit more of an interesting way to celebrate."

Steuben Center is a rehabilitation facility with physical, occupational, and speech therapy services. 

The center adds it hopes to put smiles on the faces of survivors by letting them know that they're appreciated through their struggles. 


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