Get Real With Teal
Tie a Teal Ribbon
During September, which is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey are dressed in teal, the official color of the disease. The Philadelphia skyline is ablaze in teal lights, select merchants show their support with special window displays and signage and ribbons of the same color adorn main streets and neighborhoods in communities across the area.
Tie a Teal Shoelace
Because there is no screening test for ovarian cancer, it is crucial to know the symptoms of the disease. That’s why we are planning to Get Real with Teal with athletic teams across the state to spread awareness during the month of September! We provide the laces free of charge to youth sports teams.
OVARYACT is a public awareness campaign designed to highlight the symptoms of ovarian cancer. Billboards, bathroom stall advertisements, public service announcements and teal ribbons are part of the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation’s strategy to promote earlier detection of ovarian cancer to the general public.
Rail Road Campaign
In September 2013, our first rail road campaign will lauch to raise awareness about ovarian cancer . Our hope is that people will see our messages, become interested and visit the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation’s website. This website sends a very concise message designed for a general audience: that ovarian cancer has symptoms, women need to recognize them and know what to do, and that early detection can save lives.
Know the Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer
- Pelvic or abdominal pain
- Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
- Urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency)
Women with ovarian cancer report that symptoms are persistent and represent a change from normal for their bodies.
Why You Need to Know the Symptoms!
Ovarian cancer is very treatable when detected early. But, it’s hard to detect because the symptoms are vague and often misinterpreted by both women and physicians. There is no test to find it and no way to prevent it. But, there are symptoms. Early detection is possible if women learn to OvaryAct!
If You Experience Symptoms:
Women should contact their physician if any symptoms occur almost daily for more than a few weeks. Experts suggest a pelvic/rectal exam, a transvaginal ultrasound, and a CA-125 blood test. If ovarian cancer is suspected, consult a gynecologic oncologist immediately.
Head A Commitee
The SROCF has Educational, Marketing/Media, Legislative and Fundraising committees. Perhaps you’d like to organize a “Doctor You” program at your office, volunteer on our Silent Auction Committee, share your story with medical students or volunteer on our run/walk committee.
Write A Letter To Your Senator
Advocate for an early screening test and sound genetic testing for ovarian cancer by making a legislative visit to your local Congressman. Invite your Senator or Congressman to an event during Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in September. You can have an influence about what your congressional representative does about ovarian cancer!
Help us make America Teal by joining the fight against ovarian cancer!
United States of Teal
The Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation is a partner-member of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, which gives us a voice nationally to advocate for research funding, raise awareness about the symptoms and work on behalf of ovarian cancer survivors and women at risk at the federal level. Join the fight for women with ovarian cancer and Take Action today at http://www.ovariancancer.org/take-action/.
Make a Lasting Difference for the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation through the Living Legacy Society. The Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation is a nonprofit organization made possible by the generous contributions of people like you, who value our service and believe in our mission to help women and families find the information and support they need when coping with ovarian cancer and to raise awareness and much needed funds for research.
There are many ways to make a substantial donation to the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation and keep your family member’s memory alive in what we do. You can donate immediate tax-deductible gifts of cash, stocks or other assets or planned gifts through wills, charitable gift annuities, pooled income funds, life insurance or charitable trusts or host a fundraiser.
Gifts to the Living Legacy Society can be made anonymously or with recognition according to your personal interests. Contact us confidentially to discuss a plan that works for you and your family’s financial planning goals.