This September, the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation will host the second annual Turn the Towns Teal campaign in an effort to raise awareness about ovarian cancer and support research efforts to find a cure.
The Philadelphia skyline will be ablaze in teal lights, select merchants will show their support with special window displays and signage and ribbons of the same color will adorn main streets and neighborhoods in communities across the area. Aside from visibility generated by the profusion of teal in public places, the Foundation is also aiming to make known the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer. Its OVARYACT messages will appear in women's bathroom stalls at the Wachovia Center, Philadelphia Sports Clubs and Bally's King of Prussia.
"Awareness remains the most important factor in the fight against ovarian cancer," says Robin Cohen, co-founder of the Foundation. "We are encouraged by the wide-spread support for Turn the Towns Teal throughout the Philadelphia and South Jersey area. We have more than 50 towns and neighborhoods participating, from Avalon and Atlantic City to Manayunk and Media. We're also getting the word out about signs and symptoms with our OVARYACT messaging, and the Philadelphia skyline will sport our favorite color: teal. It's our hope that all of these initiatives will together drive home the need to develop more timely testing and effective treatment."
Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of death among women in the United States. Ovarian cancer is the most deadly of the gynecologic cancers, occurring in one out of every 58 women. Symptoms are subtle, difficult to detect and can be confused with other diseases; consequently, ovarian cancer can often go unidentified because there is no single, reliable screening tool.
For more information, please visit www.sandyovarian.org
staff photo by Leann Pettti
Bridge Street in Phoenixville and Main Street in Royersford are decorated this month with teal ribbons, part of teh 2nd annual Turn the Towns Teal campaign in an effort to raise awareness of ovarian cancer.