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City of Tampa lighting up to honor those fighting Metastatic Breast Cancer


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The City of Tampa will illuminate Old City Hall, the Tampa Riverwalk and downtown bridges in pink, teal and green tonight at 7:00 PM to show support for those facing Metastatic Breast Cancer. October 13 is Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day. 

Robin Bethune, a Tampa mother, requested the City of Tampa light up local landmarks as a part of Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day to honor the memory of all those who have faced this disease. 

Councilman Guido Maniscalco will also present a proclamation to Bethune to acknowledge the day.

Her daughter, Erica Griffiths, passed away from metastatic breast cancer on May 7, 2021. She leaves behind her husband, Joe, and young daughter, Isobel. Erica was breastfeeding her daughter at diagnosis. 

"Metastatic means that the cancer had already spread to other areas of her body at first diagnosis, meaning she was terminal," Bethune said. "It was devastating news, but Erica spent the next four years advocating and fighting to live. We support an organization called Metavivor.org where 100 percent of donated funds goes to research for new treatments and ultimately a cure." 

To help raise awareness about Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness, please use the hashtags #LightUpMBC #METAvivor, and tag @LightUpMBC on Instagram or @LightUpMBC on Twitter .