Column: Pink shawls raise awareness of cancer
"Under a full moon, women and girls twirled and swirled heavily fringed shawls in a traditional Native American honoring dance.

But what was most striking about the scene was the color of almost 50 shawls: a warm-your-heart pink.

It was the shade of pink adopted by those who have breast cancer and by breast cancer survivors.

At a powwow earlier this month in Flandreau, the shawls were distributed to breast cancer survivors and families, honoring those who won the battle, remembering those who did not.

"I wish more people could have seen it," said Beverly Wakeman, 74.

The Flandreau woman is a breast cancer survivor. A tumor and 17 lymph nodes were removed in 2005, then she underwent eight chemotherapy treatments."

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