Sunday, May 22, 2011

Flowers Of Hope - Carnations

Macro Monday, Mellow Yellow Monday, Today's Flowers, My World Tuesday
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May is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness month in Canada. Every year the MS Carnation Campaign takes place in May to help raise funds and increase awareness. Carnations are sold on street corners, malls and other public spaces. The carnation is Canada's oldest and most recognized symbol of hope in the quest to end multiple sclerosis.

World wide, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) affects about 2.5 million people. Canadians have one of the highest rates of MS in the world. I am one of those Canadians. MS lasts a lifetime.There is no cure.

Over $45 million has been raised through the MS Carnation Campaign since its inception. Funds raised support MS research and services. $45 million worth of flowers is equal to 9 million bouquets of flowers or 27 million individual stems.


45 comments:

Jane said...

I did not know that you are an MS sufferer Karen. That is a very huge load to bear through life and yet clearly you are living your life to the full and doing the things you love, like your photography, which is always a joy to hop on over and view.

I love flowers but if there is one flower I don't like it is the carnation. However, your photo might just have changed my mind about that. It is beautiful.

Cildemer said...

Lovely carnation!
Hope a cure for MS will be found soon!

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Thanks for sharing your wonderful shot, Karen;o)

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Have a nice and happy week****

eileeninmd said...

What a lovely carnation! The color is pretty too.

Dimple said...

Carnations are beautiful, and they used to smell heavenly...but not so much any more. Lovely pic.

Karen, I hope you will google Dr. Mercola, go to his website, and search for MS. He recently posted an article which you might find helpful.
I'm sorry, you didn't ask for help. But I hate to see people suffer and if I know of something which might help, I want to tell them. I wish you many healthy years!

Linda Makiej said...

Really beautiful shot - and thank you for sharing.....

fairchildstreet said...

Beautiful flower. I will keep a look out here in Melbourne so I can make a donation. Take care. Charmaine

jo©o said...

That is a wonderful way of raising awareness. It's success will be close to your heart.
Quite a puzzle why one part of the world would be more afflicted than others.

Ebie said...

Oh, Karen, I hope that we can find cure for this ailment. May the researchers give their best to find a solution.

Nice macro shot!

Clytie said...

I had never met anyone with MS until I started blogging. Now I know so many ... and I am humbled by the life joy and acceptance I find. God bless you - and thank you for the reminder. If I was in Canada I would go out and buy a carnation, even though (like Jane), they aren't my favorite flower.

I also see a beautiful heart there in the flower!

Kim, USA said...

It's very charming!

awarewriter said...

This one really pops. The lighting and colors are perfect.

Karen said...

Clytie...you are so right, you really do have a great eye for hearts! Thanks so much for stopping by.

Kala said...

Fantastic details of the petals ruffles and the colors are gorgeous.

Honey at 2805 said...

Beautiful! The petals are so perfect and it has such exhuberiant color!

Annelie said...

Gorgeous macro!

Jama said...

Pretty carnation! the 2 toned color just grabbed my attention.

Les... said...

a flower can say so much - your wonderful pics make them speak so eloquently :)

fjÀllripan said...

Beautiful flower! I love the coulors. Have a nice day :)

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

Beautiful carnation. Thanks for highlighting MS.

DawnTreader said...

Oh that carnation looks like it would be made of candy :)

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Woody said...

Beautiful colors. I have supported MS research since learning of a friends affliction many years ago.

Sivinden said...

Carnation is not my favourite flower, but I will think different about it from now. I hope researchers find a cure for ms in the near future.

Birgitta said...

Beautiful! Very beautiful!
Hope a cure for MS will be found very soon!

Luna Miranda said...

a gorgeous flower...great macro.

Mellow Yellow Monday

Tasha said...

I love the soft gorgeous feel of this!

lina@women's perspectives said...

Be strong, Karen!
So lovely carnation...

Thanks for dropping by

Gattina said...

Beautiful shot.

My grandpa died of multiple sklerosis, it's a terrible desease !

Gary said...

Wow Karen, you have Boom's and my admiration!! Stunning photo. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Sylvia K said...

Gorgeous flower, exquisite capture and I hold good thoughts for you! May there be a cure for MS found soon! Hope you have a great week!

Sylvia

Carletta said...

Stunning macro!
Let's hope they find a cure soon.

Anki said...

A beautiful flower,and a fine photo. I have two frends with MS.

Carver said...

The carnation is beautiful and great post about the MS Carnation Campaign.

NatureFootstep said...

a beautiful flower!

MarieElizabeth said...

Such a beautiful flower and wonderful photo.

SandyCarlson said...

Let's hear it for hope!

Scott said...

Great macro. Love the color and details.

I found your blog link for Monday Macro over at Lisa's Chaos.

Teresa said...

Beautiful! It really is a flower to inspire hope.

Icy BC said...

I know a guy who suffers from MS, and yes it has been for years continuing.

Beautiful carnation, and I do hope they will find a cure soon. Sorry to hear that you're suffering from this MS too.

Shifan said...

Beautiful carnation.Love the color and details.

snowwhite said...

I did not know that you have suffered MS. You posted this and I read what MS is. Your post has raised awareness of MS among people. May the cure be found soon. I pray to Buddha for it whenever I visit temples.

Lily Hydrangea said...

thanks for posting this, hopefully there will be a cure one day soon.
: )

Lily Hydrangea said...

PS
I am looking forward to following you!

Henrietta said...

Beautiful carnation, hope for all:)

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Karen I had no idea about the connection of carnations and this campaign .. my heart goes out to you, I too feel such frustration with this condition. I think that is why I garden .. that is the hopeful side of me screaming to get out .. haha .. you have to have a sense of humor when so many things are wrong with us physically .. it is always an uphill battle.
Your pictures are beautiful and I hope to take pictures like yours some day too : )
Joy .. you aren't a brown thumb at all girl ! LOL

Karen said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by with your kind comments.