U.S.

March 15, 2013

Orange — the Color of Hope

Tanja Linton
Media Relations Officer

Nearly four years ago, I woke up one morning with the entire right side of my face numb. I didn’t know at the time that this triggered a series of events that included an MRI of my brain, a spinal tap and two hospital stays within six months receiving steroid treatments. I was eventually diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, or MS.

When my neurologist first told me I had MS, I didn’t know what it was but I knew it wasn’t good. Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling autoimmune disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and the body and stops people from moving. Doctors do not know what causes MS, and there is no cure for it.

As I lay in my hospital bed recovering from my first MS flare, I began learning about the disease. I was familiar with campaigns for other diseases like wearing pink for breast cancer and Go Red for women’s heart disease. I wondered if MS had a color associated with it.

It did. The color is orange. I wasn’t exactly inspired by this and felt like all the good colors had already been taken. A few months into my recovery, I was driving through post and a guidon in front of a Signal unit caught my attention. It was orange.

Suddenly a connection was made. Signal units maintain the network. MS is a disease that impacts the proper working of a person’s neurological network. Orange is the perfect color to represent this. That was the day I embraced the color orange as an inspiration and a sign of hope.

As I began to be inspired by the color, I learned the Pantone® Institute had chosen a shade of orange, Tangerine Tango, as the 2012 Color of the Year. The institute describes the color as a vivacious, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy. Orange wasn’t just a sign of hope — it was a fashion statement!

Suddenly orange was everywhere in stores. I began incorporating it into my wardrobe. People around me responded positively to the bright, sunny color.
Talking to them gave me an opportunity to explain the message of the color orange, and in doing so I connected with so many who either had MS themselves or had loved ones who did.

Now when I go about my daily routine and see a random pop of orange somewhere, I smile. Thanks to the Signal units on Fort Huachuca, I see the color frequently. Orange inspires me and connects with thousands of others who are on the same MS journey I am. More than 400,000 people in the U.S., and 2.1 million worldwide, have MS. Each week, approximately 200 people are diagnosed with the disease — one person every hour.

MS Awareness Week is this week, March 11-17. If you have MS or know someone who does, wear orange as a sign of solidarity, support and hope for a cure. Seeing you wear orange will make me smile. Colors matter and inspire hope.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Stephanie Caffall

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony — 1st Brigade, 100th Training Division has new home

Stephanie Caffall Maj. Gen. Robert Ashley, the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and Fort Huachuca, along with distinguished guests cut the ribbon at the 1st Brigade 100th Division ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday Jan. 23. Cutting...
 
 

Fort Huachuca Tax Center celebrates grand opening

The Fort Huachuca Tax Assistance Center, TAC, opened its doors at Building 22324, Christy Avenue on Monday. The opening was celebrated by a ribbon cutting with the help from U.S. Army Garrison Commander Col. Thomas A. Boone and USAG Command Sgt. Maj. James Ramsey. Volunteer tax return preparers are part of the Internal Revenue Service’s...
 
 

IMCOM mentorship offers employees perspective, growth opportunity

(Editor’s note: This is part two of a three-article series on the distinct phases of the IMCOM Headquarters Centralized Mentoring Program. The first article is available online at http://www.army.mil/article/130378/) SAN ANTONIO — Life changing, enlightening and powerful are just a few words used by two participants in the U.S. Army Installation Management Command Headquarters Centralized...
 

 
Maci Hidalgo

MVC offers assistance for Fort Huachuca Families during deployments

Maci Hidalgo Abigail Correa’s 1-year-old daughter, Ana Victoria, plays with her new toy kitchen at their home on Fort Huachuca Jan. 22. The kitchen was put together with help through Mountain Vista Communities’ program for ...
 
 

Super Bowl Sunday — designate a sober driver

Sunday’s Super Bowl is America’s most watched national sporting event with lots of game day socializing that may include drinking. That’s why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA, Fort Huachuca law enforcement officials, and the Army Substance Abuse Program urge football fans to choose sides now — drinking or driving. Those who plan on...
 
 

Army predator makes historic flight into national airspace system

Recently on Libby Army Airfield, standard operations were being conducted concerning daily arrivals and departures of unmanned aircraft from the runway. In fact, unmanned aircraft systems, UAS, flights in and out of Libby Army Airfield airfield have been a common sight since 2005. On this special day to the silent cheers of a few, one...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin