Manayunk Turns Teal for World Ovarian Cancer Day to benefit the
Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation
First mural to raise cancer awareness in the United States rededicated
They call Ovarian Cancer the cancer that whispers. Known among the medical community as being difficult to detect and even harder to diagnose, it can go ignored and undetected. In 2005 the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation, Mural Arts Philadelphia, Manayunk Development Corporation and the owner of the famed Propper Brothers Furniture (now Propper View Apartments), Sam Kroungold, came together to create a mural offering awareness and support to those afflicted with this deadly disease.
The 69 x 50’ mural was the first wall painting work to raise cancer awareness in the United States. Created in collaboration with members of the Sandy Rollman Foundation, Mural Arts Philadelphia and the Manayunk Development Corporation, the mural was designed and painted by local artist Ann Northrup.
Now 10 years later all of the groups have come together to rededicate the touching mural after it was restored this past summer following changes to the historic building that is now home to Propper View Apartments. Original artist Ann Northrup led the restoration efforts and worked with a team of assistants to restore and touch-up the Sandy’s Dream mural, as well as the sign atop the building. The rededication ceremony will be marked by a moment of silence in memory of all women lost and in honor of all women still fighting, performances and light refreshments. Participating Manayunk businesses will donate a portion of their proceeds on May 8 toward the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation.
The mural was the brainchild of the Foundation’s founders — Robin Cohen and Adriana D’Alessandro who created The Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation as a tribute to D’Alessandro’s sister, Sandy Rollman, who passed away from advanced ovarian cancer at age 33. For Cohen, who served as Rollman’s oncology nurse, and D’Alessandro, the Foundation keeps Sandy’s memory alive while raising support and community consciousness for this fatal cancer.
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