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Yorktown's Support Connection Selects Winner Of T-Shirt Design Contest

Lindsey Torres of Peekskill, NY, holding the Support-A-Walk tee-shirt that features her winning design.
Lindsey Torres of Peekskill, NY, holding the Support-A-Walk tee-shirt that features her winning design. Photo Credit: Contributed

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. -- Support Connection has announced 18-year-old Peekskill resident Lindsey Torres was selected as the winner of a T-shirt design contest for their 20th Anniversary Support-A-Walk for breast and ovarian cancer.

The Support-A-Walk, which will take place on Sunday, Oct. 5 at FDR Park in Yorktown Heights, was founded to bring attention to the needs of people affected by breast and ovarian cancer, and to raise funds for Support Connection’s free support services for those living with these diseases.

In honor of this year’s 20th Anniversary Support-A-Walk, Support Connection wanted a special design for theT-shirts that will be worn by thousands of participants. They invited middle and high school students come up with a graphic or illustration to represent the spirit of the Walk and the organization’s mission. The winning design was chosen by Support Connection staff.

Torres graduated in June from Peekskill High School. She learned of the contest from her high school art teacher Heather Brown. She worked on a few different ideas before coming up with the design she submitted. It features balloons fashioned from the Support Connection heart-and-hand logo and two different awareness ribbons (pink for breast cancer and teal for ovarian cancer). The balloons are held aloft by a single hand.

“To me, balloons give a feeling of being happy and free," said Torres. "I thought the hand holding the balloons could represent letting your worries float away.”

Torres was surprised but very excited to win the contest. She was in art class when she learned her design had been selected.

“When I told my art teacher that I’d won, she announced it to the class, and they gave me a round of applause,” said Torres.

The anniversary Support-A-Walk T-shirts are available to anyone who makes a donation of $50 prior to the date of the walk.

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