Symbol Party

The Gingko Biloba tree is truly a living fossil. They have changed little for 270 million years. Add to this their ability to survive high winds, forest fires and severe winters – despite their potential 100 FT plus heights. Four gingko trees were the only vegetation to survive the bombing of Hiroshima at the end of WWII and remain alive to this day. Astoundingly, their leaves and roots are used to enhance memory, treat hangovers, deter insects, battle heart disease, stop organ rejection after transplants, improve dementia and fight cancer – to name just a few.

The gingko’s ability to survive, adapt, thrive under adversity and heal mankind has helped to make it a universal symbol for hope. The Ginkgo tree is a phenomenon, an object of veneration, a sacred tree of the East – a symbol of unity of opposites – yin yang by some seen as a symbol of changelessness, possessing miraculous power, bearer of hope and of the immeasurable past, a symbol of love. Because of all its properties it is associated with longevity.

We include the Gingko on our Hope Tree because of its ability to adapt in the face of adversity and find a way to thrive. This simple leaf has such strength beyond its delicate appearance – as do you in this fight with cancer.

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Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door.

- by Emily Dickinson