COSTA MESA, CA. Like many families, one Southern California mother-daughter team knows over a dozen people who have had to deal with breast cancer. In fact, according to the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some time during their life. The second most common cancer among women, breast cancer will kill more than 40,000 wives, daughters, mothers and sisters this year. That’s why raising awareness about prevention, detection, and treatments is vital for saving lives through action.

Jan Kingaard and Amber Hughes honor those lost to the disease as well as the survivors, advocates, and all those touched by cancer with their Cause Awareness Loops crafted at King Size Bows, Inc., in Costa Mesa, California. People throughout the country focus on several different issues each month to unite people to fight for a worthy cause. Every October, America pauses to raise awareness about breast cancer and encourages people to join in local and national events to reduce risk factors, fund groundbreaking research, and deliver healthcare to those who need it. King Size Bows’ wish is for people to make informed decisions about their health and show support to those facing the challenges of this devastating disease.

“Two of my cousins, my neighbor and a high school classmate are among many of the people in my life who have dealt with this,” Kingaard said. “Our company is owned and run by women, and one is a cancer survivor. Since our business is about celebrating life, we believe in inspiring like-minded individuals to unite together for a common cause.”

“King Size Bows was started in 2001 and has grown its line of health awareness bows to include Breast Cancer Awareness Loops in many sizes. Our largest so far is over 12 feet,” Hughes said. “We make them for indoor or outdoor use from 18 inches on up. Like anything, when the spotlight is on an issue or problem, it brings more attention to the cause, The fact that there is one month to shine the spotlight on breast cancer–which helps to boost the money raised–we want to be part of that.”

Traditionally, organizations, hospitals and individuals have wanted the light pink loops to display at walks, runs, hospitals and throughout cities. Now athletic teams, businesses and churches have added hot pink to their orders, putting them on trees, mailboxes, doors and stadiums.

Since its founding, King Size Bows has made a commitment to support charitable causes that promote the success and wellness of women and others through the power of information and relationships.

Government agencies, healthcare providers, private organizations, public charities, and research groups across the United States designate different days, weeks or months to raise awareness of an issue, commemorate a group or event, or celebrate something.

The objective of Awareness Months is to put a spotlight on mental, physical and social challenges that affect children, men, women, families and communities. Importantly, awareness and education help raise funds and support to understand, treat, control or end life-changing diagnosis or behaviors. This special attention improves lifestyles, advances cures, saves lives, implements programs, generates new discoveries, and unites people around worthy causes.

Campaigns and visual expressions of support focus towns, businesses, groups,
schools and individuals to make a commitment to find solutions for problems. No one should have to fight alone. You can make lives better and neighborhoods stronger by showing your support for a worthy cause.

For example, in SEPTEMBER:

National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
National Food Safety Education Month
Blood Cancer Awareness Month
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
National Sickle Cell Month
National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month
Newborn Screening Awareness Month
World Alzheimer’s Month
Sepsis Awareness Month
National Suicide Prevention Week (September 5-11)
World Sepsis Day (September 13)
National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
National Preparedness Month
Pain Awareness Month
Sexual Health Awareness Month
Sports Eye Safety Month
National Celiac Disease Awareness Day
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) Day
National HIV/AIDS Day
Malnutrition Awareness Week
National Women’s Health & Fitness Day
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Month

 

Celebrate every day is our motto. We create Made in America cause awareness loops and huge bows from 18 inches to 20 feet to celebrate, honor and memorialize special people, occasions and causes.

We are the creators of the big red bow for Lexus, breast cancer and LGBTQ loops, as well as military appreciation and designs that draw attention to worthy causes, events, communities, businesses, and individuals.

We’ll color October pink, and holidays in red, green, gold, silver and blue–as well as making people feel joyful and appreciated all year around.

Who/what is special to you?

Nearly 250,000 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. That could be your mother, sister, daughter, your wife, or even you. Men are affected as well. Many public events are held throughout October so anyone touched by breast cancer won’t have to face their diagnosis alone. The walks, runs and galas are among the many programs that raise awareness and money to fund research, support services, and early detection that save lives. Information is power, so join with millions of survivors and warriors to display your support in the fight against this deadly disease.

June 4, 2017 starts National Cancer Survivor Month, an annual Celebration of Life held in hundreds of communities. The special occasion is an opportunity for the families, friends, medical professionals and 15.5 million cancer survivors to connect with each other to stimulate knowledge, funding, and research for breakthrough treatments.  It is the one day each year when people around the world join together to honor cancer survivors. “A ‘survivor’ is anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life,” according to the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation, administrator for the celebration.

“We work with health care centers, retailers, contractors, businesses and non-profit groups to get the word out about colon, leukemia, breast, prostate and other types of cancer,” said Amber Hughes, president of the custom bow design studio. “These ribbons draw attention to this important cause as an emblem of empathy and support. They are an invitation to be part of something big.” This annual event is a day to draw attention to the ongoing challenges of cancer survivorship in order to promote more resources, research, and survivor-friendly legislation to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.

The universal message of awareness ribbons is thought provoking and deep felt: “Together we can,” they say, and, “Thank You” to supporters and healthcare givers. Businesses use the giant ribbon to show their support of employees, healthcare givers, organizations and researchers; individuals for friends and loved ones. Hughes’ favorite meaning is “Congratulations and Fight on!” to survivors and warriors battling the disease.

Indoor/outdoor loops come in may colors for on city lamp posts, buildings, offices and homes as well as in parades and on fences and mail boxes. They range in size from 27 inches to 15 feet. The 16-year-old company reports widespread support for cancer survivors from all around the US and Canada, as individuals and groups, as they mobilize for action.  For more information, visit  NCSD.org or KingSizeBows.com

TYPE OF CANCER AWARENESS COLOR TYPE OF CANCER AWARENESS COLOR
Gynecological, Cervical Teal Prostate Light Blue
Uterine Peach Rectal Blue
Stomach Periwinkle Melanoma Black
Testical Pink Bladder Yellow
General Cancer, Thyroid, Cancer Survivor Purple Eye, Liver Green
Head and Neck Red Kidney Orange
Colon, Colorectal Brown Brain Grey
Childhood Gold Bone White