Mayor Tommy Joe Alexander Presents Proclamation

For Immediate Release: August 18, 2014

Raising awareness to the symptoms of gynecologic cancers is a very important mission and could ultimately save women’s lives.  Three Birmingham organizations — the CanSurvive GYN Cancer Support Group, the Laura Crandall Brown Ovarian Cancer Foundation, and the Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation — are partnering to do just that with their “A State of Teal” campaign.  The campaign is taking place in September, which is National Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month.

“A State of Teal” is designed to raise awareness of GYN cancers, the impact of these cancers on Alabamians, and the need for research and improved screening tests.  On August 18, 2014, the City of Irondale issued a proclamation declaring September as GYN Cancer Awareness Month. Present to accept the proclamation was Barbara Harrell, ovarian cancer survivor and Irondale resident. City Councilman, Craig Sanderson, sponsored this effort and Mayor Tommy Joe Alexander signed and presented the proclamation at a meeting in his office. Also present for the presentation were Kelly Rice, chairperson of the State of Teal committee and herself an ovarian cancer survivor, along with Doris Moody, committee member. Thanks to James Stewart, City Clerk, who was instrumental as well in the preparation of the proclamation.


Pictured (standing): Councilman Craig Sanderson, City Clerk James D. Stewart, Jr. and Doris Moody
Seated: Mayor Tommy Joe Alexander, Kelly Rice and Barbara Harrell

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Contacts:  Kelly Rice (Chair), Jennifer Smiley and Doris Moody (