Businesses color landscape with ribbons of tulips

Chelsea Peck
Josh Downes, left, and John Rogers, right, plant pink tulip bulbs at Little Friends Learning Center Monday.

Two local businesses will have pink ribbons showing support for breast cancer awareness come spring.

Area businesses had the chance in July to purchase pink tulips to support the fight against breast cancer.

The Plant It Pink campaign was sponsored through the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.

The most popular opportunities were the “Hope Blooms for a Cure” ribbon kit with a $250 donation, or the “Blooming for Life” ribbon kit for a $500 donation.

Two Dunlap businesses purchased the packages and had the tulips planted Monday.

Little Friends Learning Center, 1715 W. Alta Road, bought the “Hope Blooms for a Cure” package, which came with 250 pink tulip bulbs.

JRs Landscape Service dug out the ribbon pattern and planted the bulbs at Little Friends and at the second site, the Peoria Cancer Center Foundation, 8940 N. Wood Sage Road off of Illinois Route 91.

Assistant Director at Little Friends, Kellie Hoffman, said the program raised money for the campaign at its annual Relay For Kids event.

The event raised $950 this year.

“We set up games for the kids, and parents donate money,” Hoffman said.

Hoffman said the center wanted to plant the ribbon of bulbs to support the families and promote survival. She said a few of the families have someone with breast cancer.

“Even the children are helping. The kids are aware. At the Relay a little boy whose mom has breast cancer, he kept going around to the games saying, ‘This is for my mommy,’” she said.

The children at Little Friends are already interested in watering the tulips.

“They want to water them and watch them grow,” Hoffman said.

The Peoria Cancer Center Foundation bought enough packages for three different ribbons to be planted Monday.

“First, it goes for lobbying for cancer patients.  Secondly, I firmly believe if we can do anything we can to show our cancer patients we support them, it’s a good thing. A tribute with the pink tulip certainly is something that is very nice,” said Roger Crawford, director of radiation oncology at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and American Cancer Society board member.

The center bought one $500 package and the Radiation Center bought a $250 package, which they combined together.

“It went well. The patients will be able to see it through the treatment room, so that will be nice,” said Peg Ramsey, with the Peoria Cancer Center.

The tulips will bloom in April or May.