Over the weekend, lots of teal bows will be tied around Doylestown Borough trees.
Organizers of the Turn the Towns Teal campaign for ovarian cancer awareness will be working Saturday to put up the bows on borough streets and they need your help.
The group will gather at Starbucks on State and Main streets at 9 a.m. Saturday. “We’ll be very visible and we’ll be serving coffee and donuts,” said organizer and Borough Councilwoman Joan Doyle.
This is the fifth year Doylestown has turned teal to raise awareness for ovarian cancer, explained Doyle, who is the lead organizer for the local campaign. She became passionate about the campaign after losing her sister to ovarian cancer.
The Doylestown Business and Community Alliance sponsors the effort, which includes teal ribbons on trees as well as posters and symptom cards.
The goal is the raise awareness about symptoms of the disease so it can be detected earlier. Early detection drastically increases the survival rate, Doyle said.
All of the downtown streets in Doylestown’s central business district will be adorned with ribbons on the trees, she explained. The ribbons will remain on the trees for the duration of the month.
The Turn the Towns Teal campaign is held in concert with Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, which is September.
Doylestown merchants will have posters in the windows and will also be distributing symptoms cards for woman, Doyle noted.
“It is really a very important campaign for woman,” Doyle said, adding it’s also important for men to be aware so they can communicate the information to their female loved ones.
During the five years the event has taken place in Doylestown, it has brought together survivors and loved ones of those who lost their lives to the disease.
“It has been a wonderful, wonderful community event,” Doyle said.
If it rains Saturday, volunteers will gather to put up bows Sunday instead.