Friday, October 17, 2008

Spectrum Supports The Pink Ribbon Campaign

by Nicole Wilkinson

As many of you may already know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Wilmington hosts the annual Pink Ribbon Event each year and is on its 11th year of successful giving. Gallery owner, Star Sosa, made a conscious decision to support the campaign as a Retailer for the Ribbon.

A portion of all proceeds earned from the one-of-a-kind Akeso necklaces, designed at Spectrum, will be donated to the cause. Star, Nancy, Jane, Joyce, and Nicole, all welcomed the kickoff of the monthly event at a special breakfast that took place at the Holiday Inn Sunspree. We learned that since its inception in 1998, the Pink Ribbon event has raised more than $850,000 and provided over 4,000 "Comfort Bags" to area women as they undergo treatment for cancer. Distributed by the Zimmer Cancer Center, these bags are to bring comfort to women as they go throughout their cancer journey, from diagnosis through treatment.

In addition to the Pink Ribbon Comfort Bags, the proceeds from Pink Ribbon events also provide funding for uninsured women receiving mammography through the Coastal Care Van- the region's only mobile cancer screening van. Last year, the Pink Ribbon funds provided over 400 women with mammography screenings and fourteen women with biopsies after a suspect screening mammography.

To support your local Pink Ribbon efforts, stop into Spectrum and purchase an Akeso necklace or bracelet. Named for Akeso, the Greek goddess of healing & curing, this gemstone talisman incorporated Rose Quartz for healing and self-love, Moonstone for understanding and pearls for wisdom. The dragonfly and butterfly charms remind us to take joy in the dance of life and the ever-constant process of change. Every Akeso is one-of-a-kind. Share the essence of healing.

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