Pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths. Over 145 Americans-family, friends, neighbors and colleagues, are diagnosed every day. The disease kills more people than breast cancer in the United States. We must rewrite the future of pancreatic cancer. Take action now to bring hope to the pancreatic cancer community by donating, raising funds or spreading awareness that of the major cancers, pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate.
Support such groups as the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network who work for improving survival from pancreatic cancer by 2020.
Together, we can bring greater focus on the disease across the country, and rewrite the future of pancreatic cancer through:
  • More public awareness and visibility
  • Accelerated research
  • Increased funding for patient services for people battling pancreatic cancer
  • Clinical trials that match patient needs
  • Higher clinical trial enrollment rate
  • Doctors delivering best practices
  • Better detection tools and treatment options for patients
  • Year-round government advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill to ensure federal research funding as a national priority
Display purple this month and Wage Hope today in the fight against pancreatic cancer.

What is a Gold Star family? It is the venerated status that no one wants, but accepts proudly to honor a loved one who paid the ultimate price to protect our Constitution and the many freedoms Americans have today.

For nearly 100 years, inclusion has been earned for losing an immediate family member serving during wartime. In 1928, 25 mothers who lost sons in World War I met in Washington to establish the American Gold Star Mothers organization. The Gold Star Wives organization was formed during World War II. The last Sunday of September is observed as Gold Star Mothers’ and Families’ Day. The day was first observed in 1936. In 1947, the US Congress passed a law authorizing and distributing Gold Star lapel pins for family members to wear. Gold Star families do not comprise a formal organization, but several organizations representing Gold Star family members emerged during the 20th century.

To date, 6,800 service members have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nearly 300,000 American service men and women are deployed in 150 countries around the world, many of them in harm’s way. Gold Star mothers and families and everyone else are encouraged to continue to tell the stories of the sacrifices their sons and daughters made, not just on Gold Star Mother’s Day, but every day of the year.

Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day is the last Sunday of September and Gold Star Spouses Day is April 5. The strength of our nation is our Army. The strength of our Army is our Soldiers. The strength of our Soldiers is our families. The Army recognizes that no one has given more for the nation than the families of the fallen. The families of service members who paid the ultimate sacrifice deserve our respect, gratitude and the very best support we can provide.  Help bring awareness to days and symbols that honor our Military heroes.

Atrial Fibrillation– Atrial fibrillation (also called afib) is an irregular heartbeat (or heart rhythm), and is a major cause of strokes. Having afib increases your stroke risk by 500 percent. In addition, afib can lead to heart failure, dementia, and even Alzheimer’s disease. Today, more than 5 million Americans have afib, and by 2030, it’s expected that as many as 17 million people will have it. About 350,000 hospitalizations a year in the U.S. are attributed to afib. In addition, people over the age of 40 have a one in four chance of developing afib in their lifetime. The good news is that by spreading the word about afib, we can wipe out afib-related strokes throughout the world. Wear Red. www.stopafib.org

Childhood Cancer– Every two minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer. The average age of a child diagnosed with cancer is 6. Childhood cancer is diagnosed in all ages, from newborn infants to children and young adults. In 80% of kids with cancer, the cancer has already spread to other areas of the body by the time it is diagnosed. That’s why so many children with cancer need to begin treatment right away. Much of what we know about treating adult cancers has been learned from childhood cancer research. Because of the treatments they had as kids, by the time they’re in their 30s or 40s, more than 95% of childhood cancer survivors will have a chronic health problem and 80% will have severe or life-threatening conditions. Wear Yellow. www.curesearch.org

Gynecological Cancer – Women are encouraged to learn more about the prevention and detection of gynecological cancers before they become fatal. It is estimated that there will be about  22,000 new cases of ovarian cancer are diagnosed annually. Wear Teal. www.ovarian.org; www.foundationforwomenscancer.org;

Hunger Action– This month, a nationwide network of food banks unite to urge individuals to take action in their communities. The goal is to mobilize the public to act on behalf of the over 48 million Americans facing hunger. As individuals, charities, businesses and governments, we all have a role to play in getting food to those in need. Take action in support of domestic hunger relief. Wear Orange. www.feedingamerica.org; www.nutritioncare.org/maw

National Childhood Obesity – Since the 1970s, the rate of obesity has tripled in children, threatening far-reaching long-term effects on their health. About 1 in 6 (17%) kids in the United States has obesity. This awareness month provides a chance for all of us to learn more about this serious health condition. While there is no simple solution, there are many ways communities can support youth with their journey to good health. Wear Yellow. www.cdc.gov

National Substance Abuse and Mental Health Recovery – This month, thousands of treatment and recovery programs around the country celebrate their successes and share them with their neighbors, friends, and colleagues to educate the public about treatment, how it works, for whom, and why. The campaign highlights the benefits of treatment for not only the affected individual, but for their family, friends, workplace, and society as a whole. Behavioral health is essential to overall health: prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover to live a healthy ad rewarding life. Wear Purple. www.samhsa.hhs.gov

National Prostate Cancer Awareness – Efforts to increase awareness of prostate cancer and bolster research will help save lives, and commitment to fathers, brothers and sons will contribute to a brighter tomorrow for future generations. Awareness for prostate cancer is especially important since the disease has no symptoms until it has advanced. It will claim the lives of approximately 27,000 men this year. One in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer – the most common non-skin, male-specific cancer. Nearly three million men in the US are living with a prostate cancer diagnosis, and that number is estimated to reach four million by 2024 as baby boomers age. Wear Light Blue. www.prostatehealthguide.com

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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.

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?

Christmas may be over 100 days away, but December’s not the only season or reason for putting a bow on “it.”

Whether watching television, driving through town, or shopping at a mall, you may have wondered who made those elegant big bows:
• PF Chang’s restaurants during Breast Cancer Awareness Month
• The horse on the California Lotto Commercial
• Billboard for Kansas City Steak Company
• America’s Got Talent Holiday Special
• Hyundai Corporate Office Holiday Fleet Display
• Real Estate Door Bows
• Lexus, Ford, Mercedes, Range Rover, BMW, Cadillac and other auto dealerships throughout the US and Canada
If you see a really big bow on a building, game show, or car, it’s not a bad guess that it came from King Size Bows in Southern California.  “We’ve sold bows for motorcycles, boats, toy cars, washing machines and parade floats,” said Amber Hughes, president of King Size Bows, Inc. “Our motto is ‘Celebrate Ever Day.’ Bows symbolize joy, generosity and importance, so they are used on gifts large and small year around.”
When is a bow not just a bow? When it is a Halloween costume, part of a surprise marriage proposal wrapping up the groom, bow tie on a truck for prom, or baby announcement on a stork. You may have seen their giant bows on packages at New York’s Rockefeller Center, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, or Ellen DeGeneres’ big giveaway with Home Depot. Often the focal point of a product unveiling or ribbon cutting, a beautifully formed bow leaves a lasting impression.
“Our bows make people smile with delight,” Hughes said. “All our creations are Made in America in our Costa Mesa studio in Orange County. We source and manufacture locally.”

We make bows from 6 inches on up for indoor and outdoor use. Using a variety of materials and a lot of care and creativity, King Size Bows is one of the only bespoke studios in the US for the bow market, which serves individuals, companies, malls, organizations, the military, law enforcement, causes and special events.
The custom bows can cost anywhere from $10 to thousands of dollars depending on the number of loops, overall size, and materials. The biggest bows made to date are a 20-foot-tall bow and building wrap for a hospital opening and an 18-foot-tall AIDS awareness loop for Paramount movie studio.
“We are probably best known for our specially-designed red bows for the Lexus ‘December to Remember’ commercials,” Hughes said. “We also promote awareness of many causes through our special products for law enforcement and military appreciation, breast cancer and other medical conditions, as well as the fight to stop many social challenges. Our customers tell us what they want and we deliver around the world.”

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