A Ronkonkoma woman and her son maintained their now-three-year tradition with a ceremonial pink lighting of the cherry tree that stands outside her home in Ronkonkoma.
Theresa Wolowski and her son Ryan have been lighting the tree pink since 2010 as a tribute to a family member, Maura Wolowski, who died of breast cancer, according to a feature on LongIsland.com.
The tree is illuminated with a single, pink strand of lights wrapped around the branches in the shape of a ribbon.
“We are hoping this pink tree will make it easier and more likely that folks with be able to talk about breast cancer with their family members as well as their doctors,” Theresa Wolowski said in the interview.
Wolowski said she has lost a lot of family members to cancer, including her husband, who died of colon cancer at just 49 years of age. The pink tree was officially lit for the holiday season on December 1, according to the report.