January 19, 2017, the day I left my “before cancer” life behind and received the news I had ovarian cancer. Although I’d prepared myself for the worst, I don’t think you’re ever prepared for that kind of news. At age 36, I was diagnosed with Stage 1C1 ovarian cancer, nothing I ever saw coming, hit us all out of nowhere.
6 rounds of chemo later, I’m still standing and I’m here to break the silence and create awareness about this silent killer. I’m a part-time single mom of 2, now 37 years old, and it’s crazy to me that we don’t have a reliable test in place to screen for ovarian cancer.
With Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month upon us I’ve set a new goal for myself – selling hats (which are FANTASTIC – soft and comfortable if you’ve lost your hair) in order to raise funds for research, education and care packages. How many, you might ask — a few — My goal is simple, selling 22,440 hats in 2017, representing the number of anticipated women who will be diagnosed this year. Everyone needs a push goal, right??? I have one as well, an additional 14,080 honoring those who will lose their battle this year as well.
Black Clover is selling the hats to us at cost, resulting in $13+ per sale going directly to the initiatives mentioned above. If BOTH the goal AND push goal are met, that’s $438,000 raised to break the silence on Ovarian Cancer! Am I crazy? Maybe, but let’s be honest, that number is completely achievable and we could possibly blow it out of the water!
Who will be receiving the funds? That’s an excellent question – some sales will go directly to specific organizations who are helping promote the campaign. The funds remaining in the “general pool” will be distributed to ovarian cancer organizations who’ve applied for funding for initiatives they have for the 2018 calendar year.
Let’s work together and show Ovarian Cancer who’s boss and blow this campaign out of the water! For more information, click the “teal ribbon hats” tab in the top menu bar.