Monday, October 4, 2010

Are You Thinking Pink?

October may boast the colors of Autumn leaves, but the hottest color of the month these days is Pink! Founded in 1985, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month was established to promote the use of mammography for early detection, and after 25 years, has evolved into a partnership of national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to screening services. The 'Pink Ribbon' became a symbol of hope for the first time in 1991 when the Susan G. Komen Foundation handed out Pink Ribbons to participants in its New York City race for breast cancer survivors. Then in 1993, Evelyn Lauder, Senior Corporate Vice President of the Estée Lauder Companies founded The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and established the Pink Ribbon as its symbol. Now it is recognized worldwide as an icon of strength, courage and survival!
'Think Pink' is a powerful catch phrase that has become the mantra of October, and the theme of many events, fundraisers, musicians, artisans, writers and celebrities.
One writer, inspired by her sister's fear and confusion when faced with her first visit to an oncologist, wrote a frank and straightforward book called 'The Little Pink Purse of Courage'. Patricia Edwards wanted to alleviate some of the stress and provide a bit of courage to women facing one of the most difficult times of their lives, and at the same time raise money for research and, ultimately, provide 'The Little Pink Purse of Courage' to women who may not have the financial means to afford it. You can give the gift of  'Courage' to someone you know by clicking on 'the pink purse'!
Florida has hundreds of events taking place all around the state this month, some of which you can find through links on our new 'Go Team FEST!' page. Other ways we as artisans show support are countless 'Think Pink' inspired creations on Etsy this month. Even our own members of EtsyFEST have shared a few in our curated treasuries. Please take the time this month to help promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month by attending an event, purchasing a fundraising gift or work of art or just showing love to someone you know who has survived!

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EtsyFEST Thinks Pink! Just a few pink treasures by our members...

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  1. Awesome article!! thanks so much - I learned something and it was interesting!

  2. I had no idea pink was so popular. It certainly makes sense though. Great post!

  3. Thank you so much for sharing this important information! I did not know about "The Little Pink Purse of Courage but I know 3 women that I need to get a copy to.

    aka AudreyGardenLady

  4. Great article. Prayers to all those going through breast cancer and give thanks to all those who are survivors. My treasure below is for all of you!