Pink Jewelry, ribbons, clothing and thousands of other products are promoted and sold throughout the month of October for people who have survived the battle and people who are battling breast cancer today. Even NFL players sport pink towels and wristbands during their games this month.
In 1985, October was ordained the National Breast Cancer Awareness month through a partnership with American Cancer Society and a pharmaceutical company now known as AstraZeneca. During this month the media, government, cancer survivors, and other organizations try to increase awareness of the disease and raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.
Pink Jewelry for Breast Cancer
The pink ribbon design no longer needs to be used to support the cause. Throughout the years the color pink has become a symbol for breast cancer alone. Jewelry has always been a way to express one’s uniqueness. Today you can express yourself and support a cause all while making a difference. Many designers and retailers sell pink jewelry that has been designed to celebrate the survivors and those that are suffering from breast cancer. These designs have become more and more sophisticated and beautiful.
Two years ago Christina Applegate battled and conquered breast cancer. Today she is 100 % healthy and engaged to her boyfriend Martyn LeNoble, with whom she’s expecting her first child in the fall. Christina teamed up with jewelry designer Alex Woo and designed her own pendant to raise money for her Right Action for Women foundation.
The pendant is a tree and branches within a circle. It is offered in both silver ($198) and gold ($998). The design signifies balance, peace, harmony and the curves of a woman. The seven leaves represent each day of the week, reminding women to live everyday to the fullest. Christina has said, “I am so grateful to Alex for creating such a beautiful piece to benefit Right Action for Women. Proceeds from the necklace will help women at high risk for breast cancer to get the screenings and testing they need to beat this disease.”
Why Pink Ribbons?
The color pink symbolizes femininity in modern Western countries. It represents traditional feminine gender roles like caring for other people, being beautiful, being good, and being cooperative. The first known pink ribbons were given out to the participants of the Susan G. Foundations, “New York City Race for Cure” in 1991. In the following year of 1992 National Breast Cancer Awareness made the pink ribbon its official symbol.
So in this powerful pink month let’s support the designers and retailers who donate funds to breast cancer research. As we celebrate the survivors don’t forget about the ones that have lost their battle with breast cancer.