Tuesday, October 6

In support of the diseased

I'm all for breast cancer awareness. In fact, my mother-in-law is very happily a longtime survivor of stage 4 breast cancer.

But last night as we were watching Monday Night Football, all the football players' pink shoes and pink wristbands and pink cap bills, etc., got me to thinking: Who the heck runs the lobby for breast cancer? Because for real, that disease has some seriously good PR. I mean, my prescription pill bottle this month even came with a pink top!

Sure, breast cancer has the potential for some ironic and giggle-inducing promo pieces. For instance...




See? But what else do all these t-shirts have in common, besides an unabashed love and support for bewbies? The color pink!

Consider: Everyone now associates pink and the pink ribbon with breast cancer.

Which leads me to my point. Other diseases could get more attention if they'd pick an identifying color and a catchy, borderline inappropriate slogan.

Just off the top of my head, I came up with this, for a cause that means a lot to me:

13 comments:

Idaho Dad said...

I'd shave my head for that.

The Bug said...

The green matches the gall bladder (see, I went back & read your post with the diagram - eww!).

I saw a breast cancer t-shirt I like - Big or Small - Save Them All!

mappchik said...

Having had a stint/catheter & bag in my bile duct for a few weeks before my 30th birthday, I just wanted to say great job picking the color for the ribbon... you nailed it.

And after reading the couple of links in the post, I see how you are so familiar with the color. I now lift my cup of herbal tea in a toast to you.

mrs. fuzz said...

I LOVE the shirts! And the gallbladder one is a good idea too. I just had a friend that had hers removed a month ago and it was tough! She has lost a ton of weight though.

copswife said...

I can always count on you for the best boobie talk, Erin.

I think with breast cancer, it's a combination of good PR and the fact that boobies are so universally loved. I mean, even tough football players feel no hesitation to wear pink and loudly proclaim their love for boobs.

CoffeeJitters (Judy Haley) said...

Gah! I need to have my gall bladder out but I can't afford the surgery. Soooooo, I try to eat a completely fat free diet (ha!)and keep having attacks anyways. (Labor was nowhere near as bad as these attacks, and then I got to bring home a baby). Odd that my insurance will cover the ER, but not the surgery.

Anonymous said...

How about a brown ribbon for irrital bowel syndrome; a yellow ribbon for BPH (benine prostatic hypertrophy and blond ribbon for bad texas hair and mullets?

Dad

Anonymous said...

I suppose I needed to come up with a catchy and borderline inappropriate slogan as well (my medical transcription wife also chastised me for misspelling benign).

So for the brown ribbon, my slogan would be "You'd be irritated too if your butt ws plugged!"
And for the yellow ribbon how about "Free the Pee!"

Dad

fashion herald said...

Yeah, gall bladder green, hmm, kind of lacks in sexy. But it's strong! And....earthy?

Tina said...

Hooray for Boobies! Also, your Dad is hil-AR-ious. Love it.

Natalie said...

Serious lol with those shirts! My husband officially calls light pink "Save the boobies" color, and thinks they should have a black ribbon for prostate cancer awareness, but it's never really taken off. Maybe a better color...your dad had a few good ideas!

Natalie said...

P.S. Sorry! The black ribbon was for testicular cancer, not prostate. Much more fitting.

Jen said...

I have nothing to say other than, thanks for the laughs everyone :)

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