Last Updated on April 13, 2017 by Marie Bautista
Everywhere you go, you will hear touching stories of people whose lives have been turned around by breast cancer. It may be a friend, a friend of a friend, a neighbor, a grade school classmate, an aunt. I bet everyone has a story about knowing someone who has breast cancer.
In my case, I heard of someone I know whose daughter is battling breast cancer just a day ago. Hushed tones in the office say her prognosis is not good. And I shudder. She is so young. Probably in her late 20s.
And that is scary. Cancer has a way of instilling fear in everyone.
In our quest to find the cure for cancer, this has become the symbol of courage and support:
What Does The Pink Ribbon Mean?
The ribbon has always been a symbol. During the late eighties when the Philippines was rallying to oust the Marcos dictatorship, the yellow ribbon has become a symbol of courage to fight the dictatorship.
The origin of the yellow ribbon as a symbol of courage and support started in the 19th century when military wives wore yellow ribbons as a sign of their love, devotion and support to their husbands serving in the military. Much later, in the 20th century, the yellow ribbon has become a symbol for someone who is waiting for an absent loved on who may be serving in the military, is in jail or is missing. I bet you are familiar with the song “Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree.”
The first appearance of the pink ribbon started in 1991 when the Komen New York City Race for the Cure participants and breast cancer survivors received pink ribbons.
(A little background on Susan G. Komen. Susan was diagnosed with breast cancer in the mid-1970s at the age of 33. After fighting for three years, she finally succumbed to the disease. This tragedy made Susan’s sister, Nancy Brinker to promise that she will do everything to fight and end breast cancer.This promise led to the global breast cancer movement – Susan G. Komen For The Cure.)
In 1992, Self Magazine in cooperation with Estée Lauder cosmetics distributed over 1.5 million pink awareness ribbons as part of the magazine’s annual breast cancer awareness month.
To this day, the pink ribbon has remained to be the symbol for breast cancer awareness.
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