Models of Human Diseases (https://modelsofdiseases.wordpress.com/) has initiated the Flowers for disease project with monthly awareness campaigns dedicated to a disease and a flower symbol! Each month pre-med or medical student team leaders of Models of Diseases create brochures and lead an awareness campaign for one disease. In February we increased awareness about Cancer part of World Cancer Awareness month with the symbol of the daffodil. Our campaign was dedicated to cancer survivors and to all of those living with and fighting cancer, as well as to those who have lost loved ones to cancer. We started our 2014 awareness campaign in January with Stroke and the red Celosia argentea flower known for its “brain-like” structure. We dedicate this brochure to the memory of Drs. Silverman’s father, and accomplished Genetics Professor and scientist trained at Harvard who lost his fight to stroke in October 2012.
In December we increased awareness about AIDS with the red rose as symbol of love, hope and courage for person’s suffering from HIV/AIDS and for deafness with the elephant-ear flower, or Colocasia, named due to its unusually large leaves that are shaped like a large ear. In November we increased awareness about Prostate Cancer, Lung Cancer, and Epilepsy. We acknowledged the support of Dr. Younes Leysi from BioImagerhttp://www.bioimager.com/ for these campaigns.
For prostate cancer the Tiger Lilly was chosen as the symbol of power but also fragility. For Lung cancer, the Canadian cancer society that uses different colours of daffodils chose the white daffodil. The lavender flower, often a symbol of solitude is representative of the isolation many of those affected with epilepsy and seizure disorders often experience.
In October we had Breast cancer awareness campaign and the beautiful pink rose as a symbol of women beauty and hope after having the brain tumour and its hope flower-the almond blossoms. We ended the month of September with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and the lotus flower. Earlier in September we had Alzheimer’s awareness month with its delicate and fragile flower Forget-Me-Not. In August we acknowledge Skin cancer with sunflower as symbol. During the 2010 International Conference Models of Human Diseases we had ALS awareness and cornflower as symbol and we gave away seeds for participants to plant in their garden and take pictures. If you want to support our campaign forward the brochure to friends and family, take pictures of flowers and share them and the brochure with a few words about Models of Diseases Flower for Diseases project. Thank you! Thank you to our team leaders Asha Sardar (3 awareness campaigns!), Nusrat Ali, Ji Dong (Karen) Bai, Robin Vigouroux, Maria Moreno, Theodora Yung, Julieta Lazarte, Basma Chamas, Usman Saeed, Mima Markicevic, Shailin Gosalia, Morrison Steel, and Thiviyanath Sellathurai who have contributed up to now to Flowers for Diseases project and have created the awareness brochures! If interested to join our project contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org