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Pink Tulip Gardens -in support of Breast Cancer Awareness
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Oct 08, 2009
A Sign of Hope: Over 400 Pink Tulip Gardens Planted By Girls Throughout Ontario Will Mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month

www.pinktulip.ca

“The time to stop breast cancer and other diseases is before they get started,” implores Catherine Cameron, Executive Director at The Pink Tulip Foundation “and we’re starting with girls”.

It’s well known throughout Canada that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. What isn’t as well known is that there’s an organization, The Pink Tulip Foundation, which is dedicated to reducing breast cancer risk factors long before they’re even a concern for most women. Sounds like a great idea, doesn’t it? Perhaps even more important is the fact that the Pink Tulip Foundation caters to young girls – serving up smart advice, features, lifestyle quizzes, questions and answers by way of their website at www.pinktulip.ca

“It’s a cool site,” says 11-year-old Madeline Camiré of Toronto. “I’ve learned a lot about the choices I can make to help keep my body healthy and I’m sharing what I learn with my friends”.

This “sharing” is what’s snow-balling this October as the organization works hand-in-hand with the Girl Guides of Canada (Ontario Council) to introduce girls in Guide units throughout the province to both the fun of planting tulips and knowledge of the choices they can make today to safeguard their breast health for a healthier future. Marnie Cumming, Ontario Provincial Commissioner is delighted to see both organizations collaborate in order to introduce girls to some of the healthy lifestyle choices they can make. “The Pink Tulip Planting project is a unique opportunity for our girl members to learn about women’s health while at the same time completing core programming. While remaining true to its ideals for 100 years, Girl Guides is addressing the needs and interests of today’s girls and women”.

Lesley Morison, one of the Pink Tulip’s founding Board Members and the drive behind the Pink Tulip Planting Program, was delighted by the response from Guide units once the Pink Tulip Planting Project was launched. “Almost immediately, we had an overwhelming response from Guide units from every corner of the province,” she explains. “We anticipated 40-50 units might participate and instead, have had requests from over 400”! This incredible response spotlights a distinct need for information about breast cancer prevention that is geared to girls – and the Pink Tulip is delivering.

Susan MacDonald, Chair of The Pink Tulip Foundation’s Board of Directors and the mother of two daughters, notes that while there are some terrific websites and other public sources of information about breast cancer, there is insufficient information that appeals to girls and young women. Again, the Pink Tulip is delivering.

More than just a website and having recently collaborated with Cancer Care Manitoba, the Pink Tulip Foundation has also begun introducing “Be Pink” — an adolescent breast health resource available at no cost to Toronto area schools, community groups and educators committed to educating and inspiring girls to make healthy choices. The foundation hopes to expand their outreach of the program in the coming months, and based on the reception to date from young girls, their families and the community, Pink Tulip is sure to expand their programs so that every girl in Canada has a chance to “Be Pink”!


 
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