Newburgh Enlarged City School District physical education teacher Elissa Kenney, along with the help of her NECSD colleagues, is partnering with a nationwide campaign called "Turn the Towns Teal" to promote ovarian cancer awareness and its symptoms here in the Hudson Valley.

In May 2009, Kenney learned she had stage 1 ovarian cancer. According to Kenney, she was lucky enough get a diagnosis at such an early stage, as the symptoms for ovarian cancer mimic many other gastrointestinal disorders.

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Since her diagnosis, she has worked diligently to promote the symptoms of the disease in her community. Recently, Kenney and her supporters joined together on a sunny afternoon to garnish NECSD buildings with teal ribbons and bows as part of "Turn the District Teal." an offshoot of the national campaign. She is hopeful that by raising awareness about the often-silent disease, ovarian cancer cases will be found earlier and with better results for patients.

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