Little Rock’s downtown bridges lit up for Teal Light Night. September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and the bridge lighting is one way the Arkansas Ovarian Cancer Coalition helps bring attention to the disease.
Alesa Garner and the New Outlook team helped found the coalition in 2009 to support survivors and their caregivers.
The mission of the coalition is to educate and empower women to recognize and report the early warning signs of ovarian cancer and seek appropriate medical attention. Seventy percent of women diagnosed in Arkansas are advanced stage when prognosis is poor. In 2021, it is estimated there will be 180 new cases diagnosed of ovarian cancer in Arkansas and 130 deaths.
During the bridge lighting ceremony at the Clinton Library, a proclamation from Gov. Asa Hutchinson was read, survivors were honored and moment of silence was offered for those who have passed away from ovarian cancer.