December 20, 2014
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One starfish at a time
Steve Popiel

Mayor Scott Avedisian was among the officials to speak at the unveiling of the largest Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Foundation’s Healing Arts Program project, which has spanned two years. Breast cancer survivors, supports, family members and members of the community had completed more than 3,000 starfish out of clay throughout Rhode Island communities. The art installation was completed by Jill Buffington and it was underwritten by the Greater Providence Board of Realtors. The story of the starfish goes that when a young boy was picking up a starfish to save it, a man asked him why and told him he could not save all the starfish to which the boy replied, “I can save this one.” The mural is on view at the Providence Place Mall on the Skybridge/Cityside, level B. Pictured with the mayor is Maria Gemma, executive director for the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation.


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