Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Morning Painting #6

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Clip art copyrighted by Bobbie Peachey,

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer awareness month is 25 years old, but the pink ribbon symbol is only 18 years old.  The original breast cancer ribbon was peach colored and handmade by breast cancer survivor Charlotte Haley in 1992 who personally distributed them at her local grocery store.  "Along with the ribbons, she gave each person a card saying, 'The National Cancer Institute annual budget is $1.8 billion, only 5 percent goes for cancer prevention. Help us wake up our legislators and America by wearing this ribbon'."

"That same year, Alexandra Penney, who was then the editor in chief of Self, and Evelyn Lauder, a breast cancer survivor and senior corporate vice president of Estée Lauder, teamed up to create a pink ribbon." About 1.5 million pink ribbons were distributed.  Through their efforts, more than 200,000 pink ribbon petitions were collected asking the White House for increased funding for breast cancer research.

Men Have Their Own Breast Cancer Ribbon

"Nancy Nick created the male breast cancer ribbon in honor of her late father, John W. Nick, in 1996. The male breast cancer ribbon is pink and blue--in order to help us remember "men get breast cancer, too!"

Pink ribbon or pink and blue ribbon, October is breast cancer awareness month.  Did you get your mammogram?


Pink Ribbon Clip Art

Pink Ribbon Symbol


Jacq said...

Thanks for posting about breast cancer. In the past four months two of my good friends have been diagnosed with breast cancer. I'm enjoying your morning paintings.

Fannie said...

You're welcome, Jacq. You know I'm passionate about finding a cure for cancer and Alzheimer's. I'm sorry about the diagnosis of your friends. Some day cancer will be treated like a cold or flu. I hope that day arrives very soon. Thanks for your feedback, always. You're the BEST. November 1 is just around the corner. ;-D ♥♫♥