BRIDGEWATER, NJ - During the month of September, Bridgewater residents will notice teal ribbons tied on trees at the municipal complex, and in public parks and school campuses throughout the township, to raise awareness about ovarian cancer.
Mayor Dan Hayes has endorsed a proclamation recognizing September as National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and announces the Together Teal Advocacy Campaign.
The campaign is dedicated to the awareness of ovarian cancer and its symptoms, built on the vision of Renee Edwards, a local ovarian cancer awareness advocate who lost her battle with the disease in 2016.
The campaign will continue in 2017 in her honor, according to a release.
Community volunteers, called "volun-teals," will tie teal ribbons throughout the township and hand out educational materials listing potential symptoms and risk factors linked to the disease.
There will be an open house for the campaign in the foyer of the municipal complex, on Commons Way, Sept. 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The open house will feature a panoramic display of teal ribbons, called “Blaze of Teal,” in recognition of individuals who have been touched by ovarian cancer. Residents who want to include the name of a loved one impacted by the disease can submit information to the township Division of Health by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephone at 908-725-5750.
The person’s name will be included in the display on a personalized teal ribbon designed for the event at no cost.
Ovarian cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women in the United States, the release said. If it is caught in the early stages, survival is 90 to 95 percent.
Subtle symptoms, the release said, including bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, back pain, unusual fatigue and persistent gastrointestinal upsets, and if persistent, should be brought to the attention of a gynecologist.