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Go Pink Day

Decked out in the color of caring
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Members from MS 101 in the Bronx get creative to raise awareness.
Jonathan Fickies

Members from MS 101 in the Bronx get creative to raise awareness.

Mimi Stein of PS 63 in Manhattan is a breast cancer survivor.
Mimi Stein

Mimi Stein of PS 63 in Manhattan is a breast cancer survivor.

 Chapter Leader Medina Selmanovic (left) and Principal Maria Guzman stand side by side for breast cancer awareness outside PS 46 in Brooklyn.
Jonathan Fickies

Chapter Leader Medina Selmanovic (left) and Principal Maria Guzman stand side by side for breast cancer awareness outside PS 46 in Brooklyn.

When Mimi Stein, a 2nd-grade teacher at PS 63 in the East Village, walked into the schoolyard to collect her students on Oct. 13, tears came to her eyes.

Stein, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2018, had invited staff and students to wear pink as part of the UFT’s annual initiative to raise awareness about breast cancer — and her school community delivered.

“Teachers, students, family members, little babies — they were all in pink,” she said. “The way our community came together was beautiful.”

Because of the disruptions caused by the pandemic in the 2020–21 school year, participating in “Go Pink Day” this year was a hopeful return to a cherished tradition for many UFT members across the city.

“It really builds a sense of community again,” said Medina Selmanovic, the chapter leader at PS 46 in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. “A lot of our staff members and family members in our community have gone through breast cancer themselves, so it hits close to home.”

Breast cancer has also touched the lives of staff members at MS 101 in the Bronx, where Chapter Leader Angelo Scuccimarri worked with student government representatives to create a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks. Students who donated had the opportunity to wear pink rather than their school uniforms. The school raised more than $450.

“It’s gratifying to raise their social consciousness around this issue,” Scuccimarri said. “To see our hallways and classrooms filled with students wearing pink was very fulfilling.”

For Stein, who was diagnosed at age 40 during her first annual mammogram and is now cancer-free, the day is an opportunity to share her story and encourage others to be vigilant.

“I’ve worked hard to be open and transparent about my journey since my first Pink Day in 2018, and every year I have teachers tell me they got mammograms because of my story,” she said. “It’s not just about me, it’s about raising awareness in my community.”

Go Pink Day 2021

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Wear Pink Day PS77K

Wearing pink for breast cancer awareness at PS 77@602 in Brooklyn.

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Wear Pink Day Q398

Supporting breast cancer awareness at PS 398 in Long Island City, Queens.

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Wear Pink Day  Q242

Members in pink at PS 242 in Flushing, Queens.

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Wear Pink Day Q52

Educators wore pink at PS 52 in Springfield Gardens, Queens.

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Wear Pink Day PS221

Educators in pink at PS 221 in Little Neck, Queens.

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Wear Pink Day Queens

Staff members at three schools – PS/IS 166, PS 993 and PS 224 in Bellerose, Queens – came together to raise awareness of breast cancer.

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Wear Pink Day Q162

Staff members wear pink at PS 162 in Bayside, Queens.

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Wear Pink Day PS61

Supporting breast cancer awareness at PS 61 in the Bronx.

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Wear Pink Day IS339

Educators in pink at IS 339 in the Bronx.

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Wear Pink Day Rachel Carson HS

Members wore pink at Rachel Carson HS in Coney Island.

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Wear Pink Day PS329

Staff members in pink at PS 329 in Coney Island.

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Kathleen Bayer of PS 16 on Staten Island is committed to the cause down to her toes.

Kathleen Bayer of PS 16 on Staten Island is committed to the cause down to her toes.
 

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PS 993 at MS 72 in Manhattan is in the pink.

PS 993 at MS 72 in Manhattan is in the pink.

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 Queens members (from left) Thomas Caniano, Paula Stergiou and Lynn Demarco can’t mask their loyalty to the cause at PS 221.

Queens members (from left) Thomas Caniano, Paula Stergiou and Lynn Demarco can’t mask their loyalty to the cause at PS 221.

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Chapter Leader Luis Gonzalez is flanked by speech therapist Rebecca Teitelbaum (left) and Minerva Leonardo, a special ed teacher and breast cancer survivor, at PS 469 at PS 277 in the Bronx.

Chapter Leader Luis Gonzalez is flanked by speech therapist Rebecca Teitelbaum (left) and Minerva Leonardo, a special ed teacher and breast cancer survivor, at PS 469 at PS 277 in the Bronx.

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Teachers Alaina Orrin-Walsh (left) and Carl Jean-Louis at PS 224 at 186 in Queens

Teachers Alaina Orrin-Walsh (left) and Carl Jean-Louis at PS 224 at 186 in Queens

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Members from MS 101 in the Bronx strike a pose for the cause.

Members from MS 101 in the Bronx strike a pose for the cause.

Miller Photography
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Raising awareness at PS 30 in Manhattan are (from left) art teacher Yolanda Lyn, District 5 Paraprofessional Representative Dorothy Matthew, Chapter Leader Rudine Wright and UFT District 5 Representative Zina Burton-Myrick.

Raising awareness at PS 30 in Manhattan are (from left) art teacher Yolanda Lyn, District 5 Paraprofessional Representative Dorothy Matthew, Chapter Leader Rudine Wright and UFT District 5 Representative Zina Burton-Myrick.

Miller Photography
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A wave of pink from PS/IS 266 staff members in Queens shows their support for the cause.

A wave of pink from PS/IS 266 staff members in Queens shows their support for the cause.

Miller Photography
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Wear Pink Day PS77K

Wearing pink for breast cancer awareness at PS 77@602 in Brooklyn.

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Wear Pink Day Q398

Supporting breast cancer awareness at PS 398 in Long Island City, Queens.

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Wear Pink Day  Q242

Members in pink at PS 242 in Flushing, Queens.

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Wear Pink Day Q52

Educators wore pink at PS 52 in Springfield Gardens, Queens.

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Wear Pink Day PS221

Educators in pink at PS 221 in Little Neck, Queens.

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Wear Pink Day Queens

Staff members at three schools – PS/IS 166, PS 993 and PS 224 in Bellerose, Queens – came together to raise awareness of breast cancer.

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Wear Pink Day Q162

Staff members wear pink at PS 162 in Bayside, Queens.

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Wear Pink Day PS61

Supporting breast cancer awareness at PS 61 in the Bronx.

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Wear Pink Day IS339

Educators in pink at IS 339 in the Bronx.

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Wear Pink Day Rachel Carson HS

Members wore pink at Rachel Carson HS in Coney Island.

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Wear Pink Day PS329

Staff members in pink at PS 329 in Coney Island.

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Kathleen Bayer of PS 16 on Staten Island is committed to the cause down to her toes.

Kathleen Bayer of PS 16 on Staten Island is committed to the cause down to her toes.
 

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PS 993 at MS 72 in Manhattan is in the pink.

PS 993 at MS 72 in Manhattan is in the pink.

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 Queens members (from left) Thomas Caniano, Paula Stergiou and Lynn Demarco can’t mask their loyalty to the cause at PS 221.

Queens members (from left) Thomas Caniano, Paula Stergiou and Lynn Demarco can’t mask their loyalty to the cause at PS 221.

Miller Photography
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Chapter Leader Luis Gonzalez is flanked by speech therapist Rebecca Teitelbaum (left) and Minerva Leonardo, a special ed teacher and breast cancer survivor, at PS 469 at PS 277 in the Bronx.

Chapter Leader Luis Gonzalez is flanked by speech therapist Rebecca Teitelbaum (left) and Minerva Leonardo, a special ed teacher and breast cancer survivor, at PS 469 at PS 277 in the Bronx.

Miller Photography
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Teachers Alaina Orrin-Walsh (left) and Carl Jean-Louis at PS 224 at 186 in Queens

Teachers Alaina Orrin-Walsh (left) and Carl Jean-Louis at PS 224 at 186 in Queens

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Members from MS 101 in the Bronx strike a pose for the cause.

Members from MS 101 in the Bronx strike a pose for the cause.

Miller Photography
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Raising awareness at PS 30 in Manhattan are (from left) art teacher Yolanda Lyn, District 5 Paraprofessional Representative Dorothy Matthew, Chapter Leader Rudine Wright and UFT District 5 Representative Zina Burton-Myrick.

Raising awareness at PS 30 in Manhattan are (from left) art teacher Yolanda Lyn, District 5 Paraprofessional Representative Dorothy Matthew, Chapter Leader Rudine Wright and UFT District 5 Representative Zina Burton-Myrick.

Miller Photography
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A wave of pink from PS/IS 266 staff members in Queens shows their support for the cause.

A wave of pink from PS/IS 266 staff members in Queens shows their support for the cause.

Miller Photography
Regina Dukes (left), the paraprofessional representative at P79 in Manhattan, carries her daughter while she walks with her sister, Georgy Whitfield.

Making Strides for Breast Cancer walks

The American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer fundraising walks in all five boroughs and on Long Island were canceled last year due to the pandemic, and UFT members showed their support through virtual events. This year, members put their feet back on the pavement.

Related Topics: Breast Cancer Awareness