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As Gov. Hogan goes to work, supporters don green wristbands

Gov. Larry Hogan, speaking at a JUne news conference, wears a ribbon that symbolizes his fight against cancer.
Gov. Larry Hogan, speaking at a JUne news conference, wears a ribbon that symbolizes his fight against cancer. (Tom Brenner / Baltimore Sun)

As Gov. Larry Hogan returned to work Thursday after five days of chemotherapy, friends and supporters were going green in solidarity with his fight against cancer.

Hogan's Facebook page displayed a picture of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Christie's wife, Mary Pat Foster, wearing lime green wristbands to symbolize the fight against non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, the form of cancer for which Hogan is being treated. Another picture shows Hogan, wife Yumi and daughter Jaymi Sterling sporting the bands.

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Orioles players Adams Jones and Manny Machado were spotted wearing the wristbands earlier in the week.

It's all part of a bipartisan statewide campaign to rally around the governor, who announced his diagnosis early last week after only five months in office.

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An item went up on Hogan's Facebook page Thursday announcing that his Change Maryland political organization had launched a website, HoganStrong.com, where the governor's well-wishers can order wristbands, T-shirts and bumper stickers backing the governor's fight against the disease.

Spokesman Kyle Kohli of Change Maryland said proceeds from sales would go to organizations fighting cancer, including the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Lime green has been a popular color around the Maryland State House since Hogan disclosed his illness. At a meeting of the Board of Public Works the week of his announcement, dozens of state employees and others wore ribbons of that color on their clothing. Hogan himself wore such a ribbon during a recent news conference on transportation programs. A photo on Facebook shows dozens of Maryland Department of the Environment employees wearing lime green clothing.

Hogan posted an update on Facebook on Thursday showing he was back at work.

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"It feels great to be back in Annapolis! I spent the morning catching up with my staff and working hard for the people of Maryland!" Hogan wrote.

Doug Mayer, a Hogan spokesman, said the governor worked a full day after returning Wednesday night from the University of Maryland Medical Center.

"In fact, he beat me here," said Mayer, who reported to work at 9 a.m. Hogan, of course, has an easy commute because the governor's mansion is across the street.

Mayer said that as of late Thursday, Hogan had no plans to attend public events over the holiday weekend.

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