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This afghan has a special story. Several years ago, I made squares to donate for afghans that were to be auctioned off to benefit the American Cancer Society. Each of the squares were made in a color of yarn that corresponded to a cancer awareness ribbon. One day when I sent the third set of squares out at the post office, a person commented that the idea seemed depressing. At the time, I didn't really think about it, but over the next several days, I realized that I didn't find it depressing. Instead, I found that the wonderful colors in the squares filled me with hope. I took that feeling and ran with it, creating twenty-one unique squares, subsequently making a total of three for each variant. Each square has five cancer awareness colors, grounded using a round of black (which is now used to signify awareness for melanoma), the outer round is made of Monet. When the sixty-three squares are sewn together, it creates a hope-filled afghan that easily covers the top of a double bed or can be used to wrap up in on a cold winter evening. These make wonderful gifts for anyone who has been touched by cancer, wants to raise awareness of cancers, or to help the person still fighting the battle.

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Since each color in these squares is used to raise awareness for a specific cancer, or as in the case of lavender, cancer in general, it's important to know their meanings. This summary contains the cancer each color raises awareness for. Remember raising awareness will eventually lead to a cure. Enjoy the hope symbolized by these ribbons as the afghan keeps you warm!

Lavender - All Cancers/General Cancer Awareness
Pink - Breast Cancer/Childhood Cancer (Female)
Bright Yellow - Bladder Cancer/Kidney Cancer
Purple/Amethyst - Pancreatic Cancer/Testicular Cancer/Thyroid Cancer
Orange - Leukemia Cancer/Pancreatic Cancer (Old)
Black - Melanoma/Mesothelioma
Teal - Liver Cancer
Pale Yellow - Bladder Cancer
Burgundy - Multiple Myeloma
Turquoise - Ovarian Cancer/Cervical Cancer/Uterine Cancer
Dark Gray - Brain Cancer/Spinal Cancer
Light Gray - Bone Cancer/Lung Cancer

The outer round of each square is a variegated yarn called Monet and contains variations of every color used in cancer awareness ribbons, both old and new colors.


Measurements: 54" x 70"
Yarn: Red Heart


Care Instructions:
Machine Wash Warm - Machine Dry
Do not bleach - Do not iron
Can also be dry cleaned

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Please note: This afghan is currently a made to order item. Each afghan takes approximately two weeks to complete.

Cancer Awareness Ribbon Afghan (Please Note- Made to Order)

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: Yarn, Red Heart
  • Made to order
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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