In October 2012, a dream was realized for two dynamic ovarian cancer survivors: Anne Tonachel and Robin Bray. Their dream was to provide a restorative retreat for other ovarian cancer survivors in the northeast. When the amazing Kennedy family of Camp Kieve and The Kennedy Learning Center provided the retreat space (in honor of a family member with ovarian cancer), this restorative retreat was born.
September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month: Wear Something Teal Every Day
Here's a suggested plan to raise awareness about ovarian cancer every day in the month of September. This was taken from the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.
30 Days of Teal
Join us throughout September–National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month–as we work to tell every woman in America about this deadly disease. Each day we will post an activity and share it via our website and social media. Bookmark this page to follow along, or check Facebook and Twitter for daily updates. We will keep each day’s activity on this page.
Day 30— Tuesday, September 30, 2014: Thank you for helping us raise awareness of ovarian cancer every day this month. You—and your friends and family—helped us reach hundreds of thousands of people with information about ovarian cancer, as well as expanding our network throughout the world so we can be better advocates for our cause. Today’s action is proudly sponsored by Myriad.
Day 29— Monday, September 29, 2014: Have you created your Teal is Personal page yet? We are down to the wire and need your support this September! Create a page TODAY to share how ovarian cancer has impacted your life and help us bring an end to this terrible disease. Set your page up for free right here http://www.ovariancancer.org/tealispersonal. Today’s action is proudly sponsored by Myriad.
Day 28— Sunday, September 28, 2014: Today marks the start of National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week. Did you know these two diseases are linked, especially for women with mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. Not sure if you might have a mutation? The CDC offers a free tool through the Know:BRCA website, as well as resources an information on breast and ovarian cancer. https://www.knowbrca.org/ Today’s action is proudly sponsored by Myriad.
Day 27— Saturday, September 27, 2014: Would you like to help us advance the interests of women with ovarian cancer? We need volunteers throughout the United States to represent us at health fairs, help set up for events and more! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to add your name to our volunteer roster. Today’s action is proudly sponsored by Myriad.
Day 26— Friday, September 26, 2014: We’ve completely revamped our online store this September! Stock up on teal awareness bracelets, polo shirts, cooling scarves and more. A portion of the proceeds from each sale comes back to the Alliance. Visit the store at http://www.ovariancancer.org/shop. Today’s action is proudly sponsored by Myriad.
Day 25— Thursday, September 25, 2014: Today we’re busy California dreaming. We are thrilled to announce the Ovarian Cancer National Conference will be July 24-26, 2015 in San Diego! Today only, get a special conference discount when you register using promo code: TODAY. Register at www.ovariancancer.org/nationalconference. Today’s action is proudly sponsored by Myriad.
Day 24— Wednesday, September 24, 2014: Clinical trials help pave the way for better treatments and diagnostic tests for ovarian cancer. By participating in a clinical trial, you can help transform ovarian cancer treatment. Learn more and connect with our free matching service at http://www.ovariancancer.org/resources/clinical-trials/. Today’s action is proudly sponsored by Myriad.
Day 23— Tuesday, September 23, 2014: Mark your calendar for the third annual World Ovarian Cancer Day: May 8, 2015. Want to get a jump start on the day? Share a fact from the World Ovarian Cancer Day website with your family and friends! http://ovariancancerday.org/
Day 22— Monday, September 22, 2014: One in 72 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer during her lifetime. Spread awareness today by sharing the graphic at right.
Day 21— Sunday, September 21, 2014: Did you know you can support the Alliance by shopping or sharing your opinions? Sign up with Opinions for Good and Amazon Smiletoday to help us continue our work on behalf of all women with ovarian cancer. Already registered? Share the links with your friends and family.
Day 20— Saturday, September 20, 2014: As we advance our understanding of the genetics of ovarian cancer, new treatment options can emerge. However, researchers need access to genetic data to drive future discoveries. Join the #FreetheData movement and help spread the word about the need for open access to genetic data www.Free-the-Data.org/join
Day 19— Friday, September 19, 2014: Researchers can now apply to join the Ovarian Cancer Dream Team from Stand Up to Cancer. Help us recruit the best and brightest researchers to advance our cause. Share today’s research announcement on social media, email it to your doctor or skywrite the url above your city. http://www.ovariancancer.org/wp-content/uploads/Ovarian-Cancer-SU2C-DT.pdf
Day 18— Thursday, September 18, 2014: Our Partner Members support women with ovarian cancer, educate the public about this disease and help fund critical research. Use our locator to connect with the Partner Member nearest you! http://www.ovariancancer.org/resources/partners-near-you/.
Day 17— Wednesday, September 17, 2014: Moved by his stepmother’s experience with ovarian cancer, photographer Howard Parr launched a project to document ovarian cancer survivors engaged in the activities they love. Howard’s unique black, white and teal photos are available for sale http://www.howardparr.com/teal/ and are on display this September at several Jaeger LeCoultre boutiques across the United States.
Day 15— Monday, September 15, 2014: Today’s mission is to check out Teal is Personal! Many have joined and together raised almost $10,000 by sharing why Teal is Personal to them! Join the movement and make a gift to show that Teal is personal to you! Don’t have a page yet? Set one up at http://www.ovariancancer.org/tealispersonal.
Day 14–Sunday, September 14, 2014: Why do you #giveteal? Our supporters value the work we do to connect survivors with one another and secure important federal funds for research and education—$166 million in the current fiscal year. Help support our work by sharing why you #giveteal and encourage your friends to give at ovariancancer.org/donate.
Day 13–Saturday, September 13, 2014: Help raise awareness of ovarian cancer by taking a photo of your favorite teal item and sharing it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #tealispersonal. Remind your friends that teal is the color of ovarian cancer awareness, and that they can learn more about this disease at http://www.ovariancancer.org/about/.
Day 11–Thursday, September 11, 2014: Our teal product partners support the Alliance throughout the year by donating a portion of their sales to our mission. Show your appreciation for Alber Rezko, Bravelets, Beads for a Cause and Tristar products by visiting their websites today and sharing them with your friends. Click here to view our teal products.
Day 10–Wednesday, September 10, 2014: Personal stories make our cause come to life. Share your ovarian cancer story—or that of someone you love—on social media today so your friends and connections know why teal is personal to you.
Day 9–Tuesday, September 9, 2014: Teal is taking action! Join us today and ask your members of Congress to support research and help raise awareness of ovarian cancer. Please contact your Senators and Representatives today and ask them to support research through the Ovarian Cancer Research Program at DoD and to co-sponsor H.Res. 697, a resolution designating September 2014 as Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Click here to send a message about ovarian cancer to your elected officials.
Day 8–Monday, September 8, 2014: Renowned watch company Jaeger-LeCoultre is partnering with the Alliance this September to raise awareness of ovarian cancer. Jaeger-LeCoultre is hosting an exhibition of black, white and teal photos of ovarian cancer survivors at several boutiques, and will donate 10 percent of the sales of each of 10 limited edition teal crocodile watch straps to our cause. Click here to learn more about our partnership with Jaeger-LeCoultre.
Day 6–Saturday, September 6, 2014: Teal is not only the color of ovarian cancer awareness—it is the standard we raise on behalf of all women with ovarian cancer. Create a free webpage today to show how Teal Is Personal to you, and use your unique talents to help raise funds that support the Alliance. http://p2p.charityengine.net/ovariancancer
Day 5–Friday, September 5, 2014: It’s Wear Teal Day! Get creative with teal—the awareness color for ovarian cancer—and tell everyone you see a fact about this disease. Share a photo on social media with the hashtag #wearteal to be included in our online roundup.
Day 4–Thursday, September 4, 2014: Our Survivors Teaching Students: Saving Women’s Lives® program has educated tens of thousands of future health professionals to recognize the signs of ovarian cancer. Now we need your help to expand this ground-breaking program in key areas of the country. If you know an ovarian cancer survivor in Alaska, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska or Wyoming please share this information with her! We’re also looking for survivors in the cities of Chicago, Cleveland, Houston and San Francisco. Click here to learn more about the Survivors Teaching Students program.
Day 3–Wednesday, September 3, 2014: We want YOU! to tell us about your experience with ovarian cancer treatment. The Alliance is partnering with researchers around the world on a survey of ovarian cancer survivors. If you were diagnosed at least six months ago, please click here to complete a survey about your experiences with ovarian cancer treatment. Your responses will help us better understand ovarian cancer survivors’ needs and the impact treatment has on your daily life.
Day 2–Tuesday, September 2, 2014: Show your love for teal with a unique T-shirt designed just for the Alliance by the Worthy Collection. With slogans like “Hope,” “Love is Teal” and “Teal is Real,” there is sure to be a shirt that suits you to a “T”! T-shirt not your thing? The Worthy Collection also offers coffee mugs, tote bags and posters with all four ovarian cancer designs. A portion of the proceeds from each item sold will come back to the Alliance to support our work on behalf of all women with ovarian cancer. Click here to browse the collection and order your ovarian cancer T-shirt.