Farmington Hills residents spread ovarian cancer awareness

Elaine and Shelly Greenberg of Farmington Hills, along with their grandchildren Josh and Amy Marton, tied teal ribbons around Farmington Hills City Hall Monday, to raise awareness about a disease that has touched their lives.

Ovarian Cancer Awareness
Josh Marton and his grandparents Elaine and Shelly Greenberg placed teal ribbons at Farmington Hills City Hall Monday, for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Photo by Amy Marton

Elaine Greenberg is a 17-year survivor of ovarian cancer. Every year around this time, she gathers family and friends to create a visual reminder that this type of cancer is one of the most common among women. The American Cancer Society estimates this year about 22,280 new cases of ovarian cancer will be diagnosed, and 14,240 women will die from the disease.

In addition to the ribbon campaign, Elaine organizes an annual jazz concert to raise funds for the Greenbergs’ nonprofit, Living For Music, Inc., which distributes gift bags designed to bring comfort to cancer patients.

City council members as part of their Monday meeting agenda proclaimed September Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, urging women to “become educated about the symptoms and risk factors of ovarian cancer.” Learn more at cancer.org.