SPARTA, NJ – Sparta residents whose family has been touched by ovarian cancer, annually Turn the Town Teal. Teachers in the Sparta school district, Andrew and Laura Lopez, together with their children can be seen each September tying teal ribbons around lamp posts along Main Street and into White Deer Plaza.
Their efforts are also recognized as the township council proclaims September Ovarian Cancer Awareness month.
"It is notable that each year for the past several years Andrew Lopez has come to the council meeting to accept this proclamation," Township Manager Bill Close said. "Thank you for your efforts in promoting awareness of ovarian cancer."
"I thank the council members for their continued support," Lopez said.
Last Tuesday, Lopez once again attended the township council meeting and was able to see the exterior of the municipal building also “Turned Teal.”
The Lopez’s have a fundraising organization that, over the years, has contributed more than $160,000 for related organizations. They have donated to The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, “the largest OC research group in the United States,” Lopez said.
They also contribute to Gynecological Cancer Support Group at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Rutgers University. The organization offers “a weekly support group for patients and family members who are fighting cancer,” according to Lopez.
Finally, The Teal Tea Foundation’s Give Women a Lift program has received support from the Lopez’s foundation. Lopez said the “program provides transportation to and from cancer treatments for women who are unable to get there otherwise.
The pandemic has put a halt to any event for 2020 but they are planning for 2021.
The Turn the Town Teal campaign is sponsored by the Kaleidescope of Hope Foundation.