A Holly tree in Donnelly Park downtown has been selected as the Tree of Hope And Memories. The tree will be lit in multi-colored lights to represent cancer awareness colors and how the disease has touched everyone.
Roy Hughes, The City of Mount Dora Parks and Recreation Director, followed through on a suggestion by grandparents of a child with cancer to designate a tree to show support.
The city is inviting people touched by cancer to tie a ribbon, or write a message on the ribbon for those who are battling cancer. Ribbons can also be tied on the tree for all those who have passed away from the disease and for those who have survived.
“The tree is meant to reflect how cancer has touched us all in one way or another,” says City Manager, Vincent Pastue. “We are calling this the 'Tree of ‘Hope and Memories’ and in some small way we hope this tree brings those affected some peace during the holidays.”
“People are encouraged to come tie their own ribbons on the tree to honor someone they know." said Roy.
The Tree of Hope and Memories will be lit on November 28th at the same time as the Light Up Mount Dora ceremonies.
Here are some of the colors that show support of different cancers globally: All cancers-lavender; brain cancer-gray' breast cancer-pink; childhood cancer-gold' colon cancer-dark blue; hodgkin’s lymphoma-violet; leukemia-orange; lung cancer-white; melanoma-black; ovarian cancer-teal; pancreatic cancer-purple; prostate cancer-light blue; testicular cancer-orchid; uterine cancer-peach.