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Celebrating survivorship with a 5K and paint party

A record 1,067 took part in the eighth Run for the Ribbons 5K to support patients treated at the Lynn Cancer Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Organizer Darci McNally was thrilled.

“Word has gotten out and there were a lot of teams with three to 40 people,” she said on National Cancer Survivors Day Sunday at the Harvey and Phyllis Sandler Pavilion.

Later, tables were set with flowers inside for 260 families invited for brunch, said Maureen Mann, the institute’s executive director.

LeeAnn Ryan brought her family, friends and co-workers to the National Cancer Survivors Day brunch at Lynn Cancer Institute.

“One-hundred percent of the proceeds go to patients’ gift cards, groceries and gas, health and wellness programs, yoga and massage therapy,” supported by the League of Ribbons, Mann added.

LeeAnn Ryan brought 35 people, including her mom, family from Texas, friends and co-workers from Miami. The Boca resident started treatment in January. All that support was really important to her. “Everything’s going to be fine,” she said.

Tiles painted by former patients, families and survivors formed Walls of Hope in the lobby. Outside, tile painting was under way on long tables in an open tent.

Susan DeLuca, a three-year survivor, said it was her first time there. “I wanted to support people who were just diagnosed,” she said, pausing her paint brush for a moment.

Former TV anchor and Boca’s Ballroom Battle emcee Paige Kornblue Hunter was busy helping her and Andrew’s three kids. The family painted tiles in her late mom Andrea Berry Kornblue’s memory.

By Marci Shatzman

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