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Raleigh's Cameron Village Decked Out In Pink For Good Reason

Posted October 19, 2001

— This is the month women are encouraged to take charge of their health. October is breast cancer awareness month. One shopping center is getting the word out.

This month, shops at Raleigh's Cameron Village are decked out in pink for a good reason. A pink ribbon is the symbol of hope in the crusade to find a cure for breast cancer.

"I was surprised down here and with all the pink and them doing this, 'Man, hopefully, it will help people go and get examinations,'" said Onita Gibbs, who is celebrating 10 years free of breast cancer. "I think I live more for the present. You look forward to the future, but you live each day."

A pink banner in front of The Party Shop is a reminder of days past. It features Gibbs and a bit about her diagnosis in 1990. Other stores in Cameron Village are featuring stories of breast cancer survivors as well.

What stays with Gibbs as she sees the streets awash in pink is breast cancer awareness and hope for a cure, but she has a message to shoppers in Cameron Village and women everywhere.

"I would like them to do breast examinations themselves and make sure if [they have] any questions that they go to a doctor," she said.

Saturday's "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" walk at Cameron Village is expected to draw more than 4,000 participants.

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