Several breast cancer organizations have online gift shops
where breast cancer jewelry and other items may be purchased
that raise awareness of breast cancer or affirm support of
the breast cancer “movement.”
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation has several items
from which it uses the proceeds toward its many projects.
One of the items, the pink bracelet, is often sold out because
of the large support base it has found. The pink bracelet,
like the pink ribbon, proclaims the wearer’s support
for breast cancer awareness and for the fight against breast
The Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation also has a pink bracelet
which was started by fans of Melissa Ethridge after she was
diagnosed with breast cancer. One manufacturer offers its
bracelets for sale and donates part of the proceeds to the
Susan G. Komen Foundation. Evelyn Lauder’s Breast Cancer
Research Foundation has pink ribbons very prominently displayed
on Estee Lauder make-up counters.
There are many other types of breast cancer jewelry and other
items for sale that can be grouped into this section. One
manufacturer of porcelain, Lenox, makes both a bud vase tied
with a pink bow and a pin/pendant and sells it through breastcancer.org,
allowing the proceeds to be used for the nonprofit educational
organization. Even Avon Products has started a few breast
cancer jewelry items in their online site.
No matter the item, if it relates to the pink bow or to breast
cancer, it is a positive affirmation of the goals needed to
encourage medical progress toward greater probability of overcoming
breast cancer in the near future.
Janet Brown is a medical writer
and graduate of Loyola University New Orleans. Her personal
experiences with breast cancer have drawn her to her current
work developing breast cancer patient education and awareness
materials. She currently lives in Georgia.