LONG BRANCH – Monmouth Medical Center’s Roll Out The Ribbons campaign, launched over the summer to raise awareness of cancer in all its forms, has moved indoors and is now part of a growing sculpture in the Garden of Hope located at the Monmouth Mall in Eatontown.
Throughout the summer, multicolored ribbons symbolizing all forms of cancer adorned the “Promenade of Hope” – a half-mile stretch of railing along Long Branch’s boardwalk – as part of the Roll Out The Ribbons campaign. The campaign honors courageous individuals who have and are fighting the battle against cancer with messages of hope and healing in a united front in the fight against the disease. More than 2,000 ribbons have been transferred from the Promenade of Hope to the Garden of Hope sculpture in the Monmouth Mall, and ribbons will continue to be added to the sculpture through mid-December.
The focal point of the Garden of Hope, located on the upper level of the Monmouth Mall, near JC Penney, is a 7-foot tall ribbon sculpture, designed to hold many thousands of ribbons and surrounded by colorful flowers, a display made possible with the help of Flowerful Events in Eatontown. Cancer-related health information also is available at the display. Those visiting the Garden of Hope may use an electronic kiosk to submit their Ribbon of Honor during the Cancer Awareness month, including breast cancer in October and lung cancer in November.
Ribbon messages can also be texted: ROR <space> then the message (up to 60 characters) to 84444 from a mobile device or submitted online at www.rollouttheribbons.com.
“Like the Promenade of Hope, the Garden of Hope provides a beautiful visual reminder of the fight against all cancers and a soothing place where mall visitors can reflect and hope for a future without cancer,” said Frank J. Vozos, M.D., FACS, president and chief executive officer of Monmouth Medical Center.
Roll Out The Ribbons’ “Ribbon of Honor” was designed to represent all types of cancer, as symbolized by its color: lavender, the official color of awareness of all cancers. The colored stripes represent the 12 most common types of cancer: thyroid, prostate, pancreatic, bladder, breast, colorectal, endometrial, kidney, leukemia, lung, melanoma and lymphoma.
The public is invited to fill out their ribbons in person at the mall or at several area events, the Monmouth University home football game on Nov. 23, and Art for the Cure in Pier Village on Oct. 19-20. Ribbons and donations can also continue to be submitted online at rollouttheribbons.com.
To learn more about Roll Out the Ribbons, visit www.rollout theribbons.com or call 1-877-360-6275. Get connected for campaign updates by “liking” Roll Out The Ribbons on Facebook and following @RollOutRibbons on Twitter.