Those teal (blue-green) colored ribbons that are now along Main Street in the Village of Warwick are there for “Turn the Towns Teal,” a national awareness campaign to promote awareness of ovarian cancer and its silent symptoms.
The initiative was inspired by Gail MacNeil of Chatham, N.J., who passed away in June 2008 after a nearly 11-year battle with ovarian cancer. The campaign and occurs each year during the entire month of September, which is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
According to Turn the Towns Teal, Inc. every woman is at risk for ovarian cancer, and each year one out of 70 women is diagnosed with the disease. “Ovarian cancer can be a terrible disease if not detected early," according to the organization/
To learn more about Turn the Towns Teal and the symptoms of Ovarian Cancer, visit www.turnthetownsteal.org.
- Roger Gavan