‘Turn the Towns Teal’ Debut a Success in Stafford, Ship Bottom

By Maria Scandale | Oct 09, 2019

Stafford Township — This year teal joined the usual fall colors in Stafford Township and Ship Bottom. September was National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and for the first time, the two communities joined others around the country to “Turn the Towns Teal.”

The campaign is to alert people of the potential symptoms of ovarian cancer and urge them or a loved one to seek early diagnosis. Local residents Arlene Morrison and Chuck Sulkowski united their efforts to move this ovarian cancer awareness program forward in Ocean County.

“Thank you to all who helped to make this initial campaign in Ocean County a tremendous success. It was truly an impressive first year,” Morrison said.

The two organizers send “a very special thank-you” to Causeway Dealerships of Cars, Flemington Car and Truck Co., Keith Kohler Acupuncture, Big Apple Bakery, and family and friends whose generous donations helped to defray the cost of materials and provided research funding for ovarian cancer.

Volunteers made 800 teal bows, which were distributed and hung at the Stafford Township and Ship Bottom municipal buildings and at hundreds of participating businesses. Residents also registered online to receive their ribbons to display at their homes and businesses.

Going forward, Morrison and Sulkowski say their hope is that in coming years others will join in to expand the campaign throughout all of Ocean County.

For more information and to read about potential symptoms of ovarian cancer, go the website turnthetownsteal.org.

“The earlier the diagnosis, the better the prognosis,” statistics show. —M.S.

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