Breast Cancer Awareness Wreath rededicated at Town Hall
By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
Manchester - posted Thu., Oct. 6, 2011
“Today we gather together to raise awareness of the disease,” said Mayor Louis Spadaccini about the 14th rededication of the Nancy K. Pilver Breast Cancer Awareness Wreath at Manchester Town Hall.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The wreath is rededicated annually in honor of Pilver, a Manchester resident who was a strong advocate for breast care before her death due to breast cancer.
Linda Yankowski said of her mother, Pilver, “She taught me to fight for what you believe in. And if you think no one’s listening – they are.” Yankowski was joined by her sister, Cindy Peyman.
“The wreath is a sobering reminder that we’re not there yet in finding a cure,” said Maryann Cherniak Lexius, director of health in Manchester. She noted recent findings that many women are not seeking early detection and treatment because of fear and lack of health insurance.
Fred Hollfelder, founder and president of the Charlotte Johnson Hollfelder Foundation, told how his wife, Charlotte Hollfelder, was able to overcome breast cancer due to early detection, only to succumb years later to liver cancer. When his wife was on her deathbed, he decided to create the foundation, which now provides free mammograms to uninsured or underinsured women.
The wreath will remain on display at Town Hall throughout the month. Residents are encouraged to add a ribbon to the wreath in honor of someone whose life has been touched by breast cancer. The wreath currently has on it all the ribbons added over the past 14 years.