Community turning blue for prostate cancer cause

2013-09-26T21:00:00Z 2013-09-27T11:08:05Z Community turning blue for prostate cancer causeTimes Staff nwitimes.com
September 26, 2013 9:00 pm  • 

MUNSTER | The school colors are red and white, but Munster High School and community businesses are turning blue this month.

In what has become an annual event to raise prostate cancer awareness, blue lights are being strung around town.

Ally Novotney is behind the effort, called Shine a Light for BOB. BOB stands for Bond of Brothers.

The Munster woman, who works in the attendance office at Munster High School, wants to draw attention to the disease, which killed her husband, Bob Novotney, in April 2012.

"I want to light this town blue," Ally Novotney said.

As she did last year, Novotney will speak during halftime of the Munster High School football game Friday about symptoms of prostate cancer and encourage people to talk to their loved ones about it.

Cheerleaders have been selling T-shirts and the philanthropic student group Project X has been selling blue lights for the last two weeks in support of the event.

The community can get involved as well.

"Anyone who would like to show their support for this event could put a blue light bulb on their porch or blue ribbon on their tree," Novotney said.

She is touched by the growing number of businesses and residents going blue for the cause.

"I wouldn't want anyone ever to lose the love of their life because they weren't tested," she said. "My sweet Bob was only 56 when he was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer."

Symptoms include problems urinating, having blood in urine, impotence, pain in the hips, spine or ribs and weakness or numbness in the legs or feet, according to the American Cancer Society.

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