'Together we can all make a difference'

Monroe /
23 Aug 2019 | 04:09

Once again the Town of Monroe and the Villages of Harriman, Monroe and Warwick will be wrapped in a sea of teal ribbons.

During the month of September, National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, volunteers all over the country tie teal ribbons in their towns, city centers and neighborhoods.

“Turn The Towns Teal” is a national campaign which seeks to raise awareness about ovarian cancer.

There is no early detection test for ovarian cancer so unfortunately, most women are diagnosed in the later stages of the disease when a cure becomes more difficult.

Ovarian cancer symptoms are sometimes vague, which is why raising awareness of the disease and its subtle symptoms is so very critical. Some of the most common symptoms are bloating, pelvicor abdominal pain, feeling full quickly/difficulty eating and urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency).

Knowledge and awareness can make all the difference.

Taking part in this campaign is our way to break the silence by helping to spread awareness of ovarian cancer.

For those of us that have lost a loved one to this disease, it’s also a way to honor their memory.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our local elected officials from the Town of Monroe and the Villages of Harriman, Monroe and Warwick for their support, encouragement and permission to allow us to hang ribbons on town and village properties

.Likewise, thank you to all of the businesses that allowed us to place educational material in their storefronts.

A sincere thank you also to our local florists, Greenery Plus Florist and Gift Shop in Monroe, Flowers By David Anthony in Highland Mills and F.H. Corwin Florist and Greenhouses in Warwick, who once again generously donated their time and talent in making the bows

.A heart felt thank you to Monroe-Woodbury Athletic Director Lori Hock, Kathy Van Etten of the athletic department, Varsity Cheerleading Coach Barbara AliDad and Varsity Football Coach James Sciarra for honoring the memory of Joan Shuart, by designating the Sept. 27th varsity football game as ovarian cancer awareness night.

Joan was an employee of the athletic department at the time of her passing from ovarian cancer.

And, of course, thank you to everyone in our community who supported our efforts to “Turn Our Community Teal” in honor of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.“

As Margaret Mead, the anthropologist, once said:

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Together we can all make a difference.

With deep appreciation,

Colleen Farrell

Village of Harriman

Kathy Colquhoun

Town of Monroe