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.

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

 

One in 88 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, including 1 in 54 boys. More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national pubic health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.

Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. There are many ways you can help combat this complex neurobiolgical disorder. Raise autism awareness by:

  1. Educate yourself and others
  2. Partner with non-profit groups and healthcare providers at special events
  3. Show compassion, tolerance, and acceptance to children with autism and their families
  4. Light your home, town or business with blue filters/gels, lights
  5. Organize a fundraiser for more research, educational and family support
  6. Show your concern with visual displays of symbols of autism
  7. Get your local media involved in producing stories to enlighten people about the challenges and contributions that people with autism make to the community.

 

 

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.

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.”