HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Susyn Timko needs volunteers to help "Turn the Town Teal" on Thursday,Aug. 30 to commemorate National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
Timko, a local musician, has coordinated the national program in Hillsborough for the past nine years in memory of her mother who died from ovarian cancer.
Timko will pre-cut and distribute strips of teal ribbon for volunteers to tie around the trunks of trees at the township’s Peter Biondi municipal complex, located at 369 South Branch Road.
Volunteers are asked to arrive by 10 a.m. and meet in the plaza in front of the complex.
Contact Timko at Susyntimko@aol.com.
Turn The Towns Teal® is a national campaign to promote awareness of ovarian cancer, its subtle symptoms and risk factors. There is no conclusive early detection test for ovarian cancer which is why this awareness campaign is so very critical.
During National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in September, volunteers call attention to this disease by tying ribbons in various locations like town centers, businesses, places of worship, neighborhoods and on their individual properties.
Turn The Towns Teal was founded by Gail MacNeil of Chatham, who was inspired by her own experiences.
During MacNeil's ten-year battle with ovarian cancer, she realized first-hand that not enough was being done to publicize the symptoms of the disease. She wanted to spare others what she and her family endured. MacNeil was fastidious about her health and went to her gynecologist on three separate occasions complaining of classic symptoms; however, her doctor dismissed these symptoms as merely the onset of middle age. On Dec. 23, 1997 she was diagnosed with Stage IIIC ovarian cancer.
MacNeil had laid the foundation of Turn The Towns Teal® and set forth certain guidelines for the campaign including the requirement that ribbons be put up in the beginning of September and taken down at the end of the month. She also required that volunteers receive written approval from their towns about placement of the ribbons. She started this campaign in 2007 at which time 40 towns in New Jersey participated. By 2015, the organization was active in all 50 states as well as in Canada and Bermuda.
Today, the campaign is being carried forward by The MacNeil Family and a group of dedicated volunteers.
To learn more about this organization visit the website at www.turnthetownsteal.org
MacNeil was also a co-founder of The Kaleidoscope of Hope Foundation (KOH) in May 2000, along with two other ovarian cancer survivors, Lois Myers and Patricia Stewart-Busso. KOH’s mission is to raise funds for ovarian cancer research and increase awareness of the symptoms of the disease.
Since its inception, KOH has contributed more than $2 million dollars to organizations and institutions involved in ovarian cancer research and disease advocacy.