Breast Cancer is More than a Pink Ribbon
Twenty-five years ago, five women Phoebe Antrim, Judy Ellis, Patti Goodall, Mary Jo Kahn, and Sherry Kohlenberg met in an Medical College of Virginia breast cancer support group. They decided more needed to be done to give Virginians a stronger voice in the fight against breast cancer. The Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation (VBCF) was founded by these women in 1991 with the mission to eradicate breast cancer through education and advocacy. (To see our accomplishments, go to http://www.vbcf.org/vbcf-timeline/)
Over the last 25 years, several beautiful quilts have been sewn to honor those lost by breast cancer and to highlight VBCF’s history. The quilts hang proudly in VBCF’s office as a tribute to the many individuals who have given so much to our organization.
To commemorate VBCF’s 25th Anniversary in 2016, we are creating a “virtual quilt” − appropriate for the 21st century, yet still honoring our roots. This quilt titled “More than a Pink Ribbon” will be a unique piece of art that highlights the names and faces in the fight against breast cancer. It will serve as symbol of our strength and show that there is more to breast cancer than the omnipresent pink ribbon.
Help us make this quilt a “virtual reality.” You can upload a photo, name and/or brief written statement/inspirational quote to be included on a special quilt square.
Your quilt square can:
- Honor a loved one diagnosed with breast cancer
- Memorialize a loved one who lost their fight with breast cancer
- Commemorate your own personal survivorship journey
- Express your support for the fight against breast cancer
Your quilt square will also include a link to a space where personal stories can be added and where family and friends can leave comments.
Our goal is to collect 6,100 photos – the number of Virginians expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.
All funds raised through donations to this project will help the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation in its mission to provide education and advocacy for Virginians affected by breast cancer.