The 'PINK RIBBON' is an international symbol of breast cancer awareness. Pink ribbons and the color pin in general, identify the wearer or promoter with the breast cancer brand and express moral support for women with breast cancer. Pink ribbons are most commonly seen during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Source: Wikipedia
HISTORY -The first known use of a pink ribbon in connection with breast cancer awareness was in the fall of 1991, when the Susan G. Komen Foundation handed out pink ribbons to participates in its New York City race for breast cancer survivors.
The pink ribbon was adopted as the official symbol of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month the next year in 1992.
The pink ribbon was derived from the popular red ribbon for AIDS awareness.
Alexandra Penney, the editor-in-chief of the women's health magazine, Self, and the breast cancer survivor Evelyn Lauder, the senior corporate vice president at the cosmetics company Estee Lauder created a ribbon for cosmetics giant to distribute in stores in New York City.
Estee Lauder and Self initially approached Charlotte Haley, who had began a peach-colored ribbon campaign to press the National Cancer Institute to increase its budget for cancer prevention research. Haley refused to be part of what she felt was a commercial effort, so Estee Lauder and Self changed the color of their ribbon to light pink in 2005, to circumvent Haley's efforts to stop them. A pink and blue ribbon is sometimes used to symbolize breast cancer in men, which is relatively rare. the pin and blue ribbon was designed in 1996 by Nancy Nick, president and founder of the John W. Nick Foundation to bring awareness that "Men Get Breast Cancer Too!
MEANING - (Excerpt from Wikipedia) While specifically representing breast cancer awareness, the pink ribbon is also a symbol and a proxy of goodwill towards women in
general. Buying, wearing, displaying or sponsoring pink ribbons signals that the person or business care about women. The pink ribbon is a marketing brand for business that allows them to promote themselves with women and identify themselves as being socially aware.
PRODUCTS: (Excerpt from Wikipedia) The first breast cancer awareness stamp in the U.S., featuring a pink ribbon was issued in 1996. As it did not sell well, a a new stamp with an emphasis on research was designed. The new stamp does not feature the pink ribbon.
In Canada, the Royal Canadian Mint produced a silver commemorative breast cancer coin. 15,000 coins were minted during 2006. On one side of the coin, a portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth is illustrated, while on the other side a pink ribbon has been enameled. Additionally, 30 million 25-cent coins were minted with pink ribbons during 2006 for normal circulation.