The Lean On Me logo was designed to symbolize several aspects of the Lean On Me organization.
Starting from the top, there are two women whose heads are leaning towards each other and touching, as if they are one. This symbolizes the breast cancer survivor-volunteer comforting and educating the newly diagnosed breast cancer patient. The patient knows that the road ahead may be rough, but that the journey will be much easier now that she has a friend on whom she can lean; someone who can help her carry on.
Between the two-silhouetted heads emerges the shape of a flying Dove, the spiritual bird of peace, gentleness, resolution and love.
The next symbol is a Triangle, just to the right of the Dove, formed by the back of the neck and the inside of the ponytail. The Triangle has three corners. The top symbolizes the patient, her family and loved ones. The second corner symbolizes the physicians and other medical personnel who care for the patient. The last corner is the Lean On Me organization and all its members. This makes an unbeatable team.
The silhouetted heads, the Dove and the Triangle all rest on the strongest symbol of all — the crisscrossing Pink Ribbon, which forms a Heart. Since its inception, the Pink Ribbon has been a symbol of all the efforts that have been made to diagnose, treat and follow breast cancer patients, with the breast regarded as the seat of the Heart.
The Heart is within the center of this logo, and is the powerful binding force that gives us the strength to get through each and every day. It represents love, tenderness, energy, sympathy and courage.
Within the logo are the words Lean On Me, from the song by Bill Whithers bearing the same title. “Sometimes in our lives we all have pain we all have sorrow, but if we are wise, we know that there’s always tomorrow. Lean on me when you’re not strong I’ll be your friend; I’ll help you carry on. If there is a load you have to bear that you can’t carry, I’m right up the road, I’ll share your load, if you just call me. If you need a friend, call me.”“Lean On Me,” courtesy of Interior Music and Bill Withers.”