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Ovarian Cancer Research Fund

I'm not sure if people know that since 1997 L'Oreal has teamed up with the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund to raise money to find a cure for ovarian cancer. My maternal grandmother died from complications that started from ovarian cancer which eventually spread to her lymph nodes as well as to her lungs. I saw the effects in an x-ray that was taken a few days before her death and saw what it does to people. It was awful. This is how my grandmother looked when she was young and full of life:

She was Portuguese, Hawaiian, and Chinese.

It literally ate her alive and I watched her die. It was ugly and awful.

Anyway some information about ovarian cancer:

"Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the United States, and is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among U.S. women. According to the American Cancer Society, it is estimated that 22,220 women will be diagnosed with this cancer in the U.S. in 2005, and about 16,210 women will die from the disease. A woman’s lifetime risk of ovarian cancer is 1 in 57; it is an insidious disease that often strikes without warning and without cause. The symptoms of ovarian cancer are often vague and subtle, making it difficult to diagnose.

Currently there is no effective means of early detection for the disease. As a result, ovarian cancer is usually diagnosed in advanced stages and only 50% of women survive longer than five years. Today, only 25% of cases are diagnosed in the early stages, i.e., before the cancer has spread beyond the ovary to the pelvic region. However, if ovarian cancer is detected and treated early, the five-year survival rate is greater than 90%.

Until we have an effective way to detect ovarian cancer, we urge all women to become educated about the disease so she can act independently to protect her health."

Anyway they have a line called "Color of Hope" and I just noticed it a few weeks ago in Walgreens near the Washington DC area:

A portion of the sales will go towards the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

Also I am not asking for any Christmas presents because I do not want anything and do not want any more "stuff." However if you would like to do something for me or give a present to me or give a present to the women in your life... please donate to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund this holy-day season. It would mean alot to me if you do. It can be as little as one dollar or as much as $100 or more. I hope that all of my friends donate to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund:

To donate to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund click here

Of course both of my grandfathers died from the complications of lung cancer but every bit helps so mahalo in advance!

Edit: Operation LVA is almost complete and shall be done by today. All I have to do is make a copy of something then send it out via certified mail.


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Dec. 3rd, 2005 02:29 am (UTC)
Ovarian Cancer
Reading your entry about your grandmothers ovarian cancer and grandfathers lung cancer hit very close to home. My wonderful, amazingly funny,beautiful, intelligent mother also died from complications of ovarian cancer. Once they discovered it she was already stage 3. Mom survived for 2 years with rounds of chemo and radiation.It too had gotten into her lymph nodes and lungs. Such a horrendous silent killer indeed.
My grandpa's stoic german side got him thru his ordeal. Never complained during his treatments. Now for our generation my brother has survived testicular cancer and I am on the waiting list for a double lung transplant. Hmmmmmm.....I will gladly suffer this now so my kids generation will be the healthy ones.
Auwe~ I have rambled on and have gotten off subject.
Anyway....Kudos to you for spreading the news and awareness.
Take care and have a Happy Holidays
A Hapa Hawaiian in Wisconsin
Dec. 3rd, 2005 07:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Ovarian Cancer
Mahalo for commenting to this entry and yes... I have been horrified by cancer in my life. I'm sorry that it has affected you too. Anyway happy holidays to you and to your ohana too :)

Dec. 3rd, 2005 08:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Ovarian Cancer
May I ask you if you use to frequent the web site HCU? There is something very familiar about your writing?I would pop into that site once in awhile several years ago.Just wondering....sorry to be so niele.:)
Have a wonderful weekend!
Dec. 3rd, 2005 09:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Ovarian Cancer
Yes... and that place actually gives me some bad memories because of some of the drama that went on there. I used the name "HGirl" then just stopped going after I heard about so much drama but I still keep in touch with a few people who used to go there like Kalani aka maldito. I don't know if you remember him but he used Livejournal first then suggested that I write here and at first I didn't write in it for about a year til he kept asking me to write so I did. He and I still keep in touch. I met him at HCU and we've kept in touch ever since. I hardly if ever meet people who used to go to HCU though so it's odd that you mention it. It's actually something that I don't really want to remember lol Anyway hope you have a nice Christmas! :)
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