Behind the Ribbon is the title of an original nonfiction television series made possible by the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation. Each episode features stories of patients, survivors and those who have lost their lives to breast cancer, an illness that will affect one in six Rhode Island women during her lifetime.
For the Pawtucket-based Foundation, raising breast cancer awareness in greater Rhode Island is a year-round endeavor, a challenge to go above and beyond what is expected in October during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is during Columbus Day Weekend that the Foundation hosts Flames of Hope: A Celebration of Life™, the largest breast cancer awareness event in the Northeast. Flames of Hope Weekend, which now boasts more than 100,000 attendees, is memorable for the pink light that bathes the State House, the emotionally stirring Illuminations of Life torch ceremony and the Flames of Hope Run/Walk Series, the Foundation's largest fundraising event of the year.
The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation's mission is to raise breast cancer awareness, increase breast health education, enhance the quality of life for breast cancer patients, as well as their families and friends, and generate funding for local breast health programs.
Behind the Ribbon takes viewers "behind the scenes" for a chance to see a small, locally-focused non-profit at work and the crucial support it provides to Rhode Islanders all over the state. Behind the Ribbon is an opportunity for a new audience to get to know the Foundation. The program will also feature information about Foundation-sponsored programming and events and encourage volunteerism and community service.
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