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Thousands gather to raise awareness about breast cancer

October 4, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Thousands of people have gathered in Rhode Island to raise awareness about breast cancer, support survivors and memorialize those who died of the disease.

The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation held its 10th annual “Flames of Hope” event in Providence on Saturday and Sunday.

The foundation says the gathering is the region’s largest breast cancer awareness event.

Survivors and their loved ones carried torches in a procession to the Providence river basin Saturday night. The statehouse was lit pink.

Jeannie Bucci told WPRI-TV she carried her torch high to honor the women who are battling breast cancer and those who didn’t make it.

Bucci says she was diagnosed in 2009 and is now cancer free.

The theme was “Celebrating a Decade of Hope” to mark the event’s 10th year.

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